Stretch/Shed : A Ceramics Senior Individualized Project
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"This body of work, fueled by the ideas of many feminist scholars and Maurice Merleau-Ponty, continues the exploration of the body as an essential aspect of the subject position. An intelligent, thinking body is our anchor to the world, the permanent context to which everything else relates. These vessels stem from significant events in our lives, especially women's lives, which cause us to stretch physically, emotionally, and intellectually. The ideas of stretching and shedding are inherent in our psychological and bodily lives, as well as in the creation of these vessels themselves. In life and in these vessels, the most dramatic changes happen quickly, reciprocally affecting both our internal and external selves. Experiences which may have happened in a moment are then turned over and over, tailored and edited in our minds. We incorporate these once foreign changes into an integrated understanding of ourselves, accumulating new concepts, healing in the form of intellectual scar tissue. This type of constant production is inherently connected to a constant shedding. Intentionally or unintentionally sloughing off dead skin, losing weight, cutting off hair, menstruating, and other effusive bodily processes become a metaphor for emotional and intellectual catharsis. We are embedded in a continuous rotation of shedding ideas and emotions, not to reach a perfect static center like the pearl in the oyster, but to recognize this cycle of perpetual generation and dissipation as a wholeness in itself."