Origin

2015 Waiclay National Ceramic ExhibitionWaikato Museum, Hamilton, NZ

Artist's Statement

Origin is an artwork composed of two parts: a wall-hung screened video and a small installation on a plinth.

  • The short looped video 'Volcano Goddess Emerges' shows a black, sand-covered raw clay figure emerging from a tidal clay bed. The figure immerses, melts and emerges again from the waves in a regular pattern.

  • The plinth based forms are small Platonic solids of fired clay- black, crusty and variegated in appearance. They are piled as a heap of rubble on black sand.

 

Rationale

The scientific hypothesis that life could have originated in clay is hinted at here, with primal form symbolized by the Platonic solids. The goddess-like figure in the video - emerging from and submerging into the sea - together with the Platonic solids, symbolize the development of life from simple form to the complexity of human experience.

See work from the show

Watch the video Origin: Volcano Goddess Emerges

See the making site for Volcano Goddess