Part of the Hopkins Hall Gallery Summer Series
Reception: Thursday, July 6, 3-4pm
In Elaine Buss's words:
I propose to use ceramic objects, cloth, and string to create an installation in Hopkins Hall Gallery during the 2017 Summer Series. The installation will feature string extending from each of the two longest walls towards the middle of the gallery. The strings will hold up fabric cradles, into which ceramic objects will be placed. The strings will begin at a height of 7 feet on the walls and terminate at the fabric cradles at 12-18" above the floor. The installation will make a line of ceramic objects suspended above the floor in a midline that runs parallel to the two longest walls of the gallery.
The ceramic objects are created in response to research accomplished last summer during a residency in Rome. The ancient objects that I investigated there carry forward a resonance as objects created by fellow humans at a time in the unreachable past. These ancient objects were varied in purpose, such as grain grinding stones, loom weights, or intriguing chunks of ruins. In response to my respect for and formal interest in these objects I have been investigating a series of ceramic objects which communicate an unknown purpose and which utilize similar formal qualities. The goal of this installation is to pay reverence to these ceramic objects and by extension the humans whose lives and ingenuity gave rise to the original set of ancient objects from which my own ceramic pieces are derived.