ARTIST’S STATEMENT

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

“Cautionary Tales in the 21st Century” is a collection of low fire ceramic sculpture presented to explore various scenarios in the modern world.
 
The scene is not a nostalgia that longs for elements of the past.
 
No! This is a brave new world. The methods remain the same, 200 million year old clay altered and fashioned into meaningful statements. It’s 21st century alchemy, not lead to gold, but rather clay to cash. The viewer can ponder the practice and the message to draw their own conclusions. The titles can direct the discussion.
 
While some of the pieces created during the plague (2020 forward) question those difficult times, others present universal situations for the viewer to confront and possibly grow their own comprehension.
 
Not every piece explores the caution in the title, some look to be caught in their own moment of realization, and exploration that we become witness to.
 
These subject characters often gaze out at the viewer as spokespersons, offering testimony. Others remain uninterrupted, in their respective mission.
 
It appears that everyone has a story to tell. The allegorical and symbolic nature of these pieces further cement them as contemporary accounts of our trials and tribulations in the primitive
space age that we reside in.
 
Enjoy the ride on the road less gravelled.
 
Jordan Van Sewell