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dc.contributor.advisorLindley, Sarah, 1973-
dc.contributor.authorClark, Britnei K.
dc.description35 p.en_US
dc.description.abstract"This project is a reflection of who I am as a person and an artist. It represents the journey of finding myself here at Kalamazoo College. My art has helped me realize the things that I value most in life: family, food, and gatherings. The functionality of my work keeps me rooted in the past, but also looking towards the future. When I make a cup or bowl, I think about the specific function it will perform and what potential food item might be served out of it. The functionality of the ceramic object motivates me. Ten special guests have been invited to join me for supper in the gallery. On Tuesday May 20th I will share my family's cooking, my memories, and my artwork with them. Sharing the passions that define who I am with these people expresses a small token of thanks for everything these individuals have done for me. The supper will be held here in the gallery as a performance piece, a secondary exploration of function in my work. Does the fact that we are eating inside these four white walls make the act of serving supper the art? This location makes an important statement about what can be defined as 'art' and when function blends the everyday with aesthetics and craftsmanship. Making functional pottery is not unique, it is a part of everyday life; we eat, drink, and use functional pottery absent-mindedly on a daily basis. It has been done, and will continue to be done, but the joy and connections that I experience through wheel throwing makes what I do original. These plates are about so much more than just food. For me, standing in this room filled with the memories of my four years at Kalamazoo College helps me realize how I have made it at this institution. Every bowl, plate, or pot that I have thrown has become an extension of me: self-created, food-fed, and always functional."en_US
dc.relation.ispartofKalamazoo College Art Senior Individualized Projects Collection
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dc.titleWhat Feeds My Soulen_US
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