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“How to Feel Full: a series of ceramic vases, cages and cups” is a body of work that incorporates Kaisa’s journaling and drawing practice into my dominant medium of clay.
‘I build all of my work by hand primarily using the technique of pinching. Pinching is one of the most basic ways to form vessels and I love the intimate imprints my hands leave in the piece and the imperfect nature of the shapes.”
My journaling and drawing practice are an integral part of how I process the world around me. These vessels are a way for me to validate and literally solidify this practice and thoughts by translating them on to three-dimensional form. These vessels are in shapes of vases and bowls that I am painting and writing on using underglazes. I am also translating my drawing lines into forms of sculptural armature that support and accompany these vessels. By building everything by hand, I’m creating imperfect, tactile surfaces to draw and write on and creating an object that invites the viewer to move around it to fully understand and read it. Thematically, I am exploring questions that surround my reality and narrative. Questions and thoughts about environmental and social anxiety and a search for meaning, purpose and what it means to be human in our current context.
These pieces are quiet reflections of these themes and are accompanied by the armatures that add an element of three-dimensional drawing and playfulness. I aim to use the juxtaposition of the fragile yet long lasting nature of the material to compare the making my usually private practice both permanent and fragile, quiet and public.
In my functional work I create pieces that are playful, whimsical and hopeful, by using colour, imperfect forms and recognizable imagery.’
- Kaisa Lindfords