Walls, Fences and Maps
Maps speak volumes and paint real pictures of the complex history of a given country. Likewise, walls have been a fundamental part of man's attempt to conquer and lay claim to his territory. All over the world, maps and fences do the same - demarcate, separate, enclose, and divide.
My ceramic works are inspired by a need to creatively explore this universal phenomenon. I use images of maps, walls, and fences as metaphors of man's futile attempt to rule over the land and to dictate the fate of its inhabitants. My use of clay carries a symbolic aspect: the raw material is derived from the land itself. Just as maps are constantly altered and manipulated, my individual pieces are reworked and altered in order to endow them with an organic aspect. The landscape images and the wall forms are a result of various techniques of glazing, the use of various oxides and engobes, silk screened images, and multiple firings.