on Jan 31, 2010
For years I have had the conversation with myself about why the vessel form is so important to me in my work. After many times of "defending" it, being committed to work with it, loving it, I have finally started to explain the whole concept to myself.
It is indeed vital to me to work in 3D. The vessel form represents a sculptural pallet on which to create surface design and texture. Even beyond that, it allows me to use basketry techniques, to explore structure and to create artwork that has interest on insides and outsides. It is freer and more intuitive for me to work with.
The vessel is a holder of human experience. It contains a "story", using a visual language. It ultimately holds my world, my universe, my environment, my issues...... It enhances my commentary about societal excess, throwaway consumerism, surplus and waste "stuff", household debris and the beauty of ordinary things in our 21st century material lives....... It is not constraining to me. It is accessible.
The vessel form feels very familiar. It feels female. It feels natural. Any comments?