Ceramic, steel, brass, copper, and fishing hooks
22.5 x 30 x 15 in.
I am fascinated by the ways in which the organic world reacts to and resists the encroachment of civilization. Humanity devises mechanical solutions to most of its problems, in contrast to the more complex, layered methods utilized by the majority of life on earth. Through this project I aim to bring to life the constant, tragic struggle between humanity and the wilds. Through my choice in materials and representational forms, I have highlighted some of the basic distinctions of this duality. While clay can imitate most materials, it- in its raw form- has a very organic feel; most metal, in comparison, seems manufactured. The ceramic forms have what I would describe as a feral quality, fighting chaotically against the metal components, straining at their bonds with what strength they have. Furthermore, I feel it is important for these sculptures to interact with their environment, removing themselves from their own pedestals in part to engage the observer with his or her own surroundings and contexts. I prefer to keep the themes of my work subtle. I do this in part as a reflection of my own personality, but moreover because I feel that this allows the observer a chance to relate to my work. Avoiding directly representational forms allows viewers to reach their own conclusions and references; this act of searching will in turn help connect them with my themes.
Olson, Rachel, “Discordance 1,” Lewis & Clark Senior Art, accessed May 1, 2016, https://library.lclark.edu/seniorprojects/items/show/3596.