Thank you so much to collaborator and garden-artist Christopher Mello, who provided a home for my ceramic vines. Christopher's Garden is free, open to the public, and located at 307 Waynesville Avenue, Asheville, NC 28806.
As citizens of planet Earth, we are all inherently creators, whether we create dwellings, artifacts, people, or waste. We alter the space around us in both identifiable and hidden ways. We change the makeup of the atmosphere with every breath, every inhale and exhale. We build roads, structures, and highly engineered spaces for food production. We find the “new” appealing and herald it as a solution to a problem. We strive for permanence. Yet a myriad of natural processes outside our control work continually in opposition. Entropy has no particular goal but works constantly and unrelentingly to return the ordered to a state of disorder.
The ceramic vines' fossil-like chemical composition is juxtaposed with the log's fleeting existence. The chemical stability of the ceramic vines mirrors humanity’s egotistical desire for permanence of our record upon the earth, in utility and celebrity. Conversely, the intended cracking, shifting, and eventual surrender to natural forces illustrates that impossibility. I invite both deterioration and overgrowth and consider it integral to the meaning of the work. This piece will always be unfinished, as time, nature, and human interaction all play an important role in its execution.