NOW. What’s this? Ceramics? Painting? Photography?
I noticed a lot of figurative ceramic sculptures that seem, as opposed to other media i.e. painting, so self-involved with aspects of technical skills that they are by this reduced to serving only a decorative purpose with no other meaning. I consider that missing the point of art. I am neither interested in a display of technique, nor cloning nature or distorting it to make a caricature. My quest became how to use ceramic and ceramic figures like any other media as a tool to express an aspect of human life WITHOUT drawing the attention onto the media itself.
I further want to question the MEANING OF OWNERSHIP? of “a piece of art”, especially so material-based art-forms like ceramics. What makes the essence of a piece of visual art? Its tangible substance or its underlying philosophy? Is it necessary or possible to physically and legally “own” art, and if so: which part of it do we own? by placing it within one’s (own) room, or can we “own” it by looking at it? How are the two connected, or are they at all? For how long and when can we “own” art, under these circumstances? And eventually: what is the meaning of 3D artwork compared to 2D artwork?
Since a postgraduate research at the Manga class of Seika Art Institute in Kyoto/Japan in 208/09 I am using bunny ears as a symbol for human naivety, emotions and vulnerability (see also: “Usagi-chan”). It is not quite clear how to categorize these works, is it ceramic, painting or photography? I am interested in creating art using ceramic, or any media, outside of the reassuring habit of pigeonholing.
WORKING DIRECTLY FROM INTERVIEWS with people other than myself has turned my work into a form sort of social documentary. I find this style of work more fulfilling and relevant, as it creates a direct connection to people and situations around me that I find too often missing in contemporary art.