As a maker of things, I am interested in products: both my own and those of society. Our consumerist culture propels us to desire, obtain, and finally discard the new in search of the newer. Humans work incessantly towards a fleeting sense of order; natural disorder prevails. Permanence is elusive. I am interested in themes of degradation and permanence, submission and control, and the natural process of entropy.
Banal photographs of the unrelenting persistence that covers this Earth are juxtaposed with fabricated figments of my imagination. When fired, clay is chemically similar to fossils and therefore is an appropriate record of my interest in the fossils that humanity will leave behind. The permanence of the ceramic vines mirrors humanity’s egotistical desire for permanence of our record upon the earth, in utility and celebrity.
SPECIAL THANKS to the Appalachian State University Office of Student Research, the Appalachian State University Research Institute for the Environment, Energy and Economics, and the Randolph A. Johnson Endowment for Art for helping fund this project.
After the exhibit concluded, one third of the installation, Illusory Permanence: Cracks won second place overall in Art Expo 2014, juried by Cora Fisher. It was also purchased by the Plemmons Student Union and will join the PSU Permanent Collections. Another third of the installation, Illusory Permanence: Dissolution, found a permanent home in Christopher Mello's public garden in Asheville, NC. The remaining plants were returned to the Earth.