Porcelain paperclay, engobe, glaze, steel, paint - 11’2” x 12’3” x 5’ - 2017
In this work, the physical fragility of the delicate porcelain lines speaks of the precariousness of our inhabited environments and highlights the impact human bodies can have on them. In walking around and under the sculpture, we feel its fragility in our own bodies, adapting our movements in order to keep it safely intact. Its fragility both heightens ours and becomes our burden as we recognize our relative solidity and destructive potential. The knowledge that it’s made from porcelain reminds us not just of the work’s breakability, but also of the historical connotations of the material: preciousness, purity, and the luxury that comes from scarcity. In this form, however, the material belies its historical origins, instead embodying architecture’s antithesis of itself—a structure that cautions rather than protecting, thereby insisting that viewers insure its safety as well as their own.