Origin: Volcano Goddess Emerges
2016 Waiclay National Ceramic Exhibition, Waikato Museum, Hamilton, NZ.
Volcano Goddess Emerges
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.
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.