Psychology Major; Studio Art Minor
I have replicated the form of a plastic Solo cup through clay and then manipulated it in an abstract way, transforming the simple idea into something with more meaning. There is a consistency of material and methods used throughout my process of creating, however the form is manipulated in such a way that questions are raised about function and stability of the work overall. The various forms of the ceramic cups ranges from legible and realistic, to illegible, highly distorted, and damaged. The commonality of the form itself makes the work relatable and engaging for a wide range of viewers.These forms are arranged so that viewers are invited to move around the installation, and explore what is in front of them with caution.
Ceramics is a traditional art form that has been used since 24,000BC and continues to be used today (The American Ceramic Society)1; this vast history helped fuel the ideas behind my work; drugs are something that also continue to be used today after having existed for a long time, and they’ve always been a subject of interest to me, particularly how they are one form of addiction. This display of cups dramatizes one unassuming tool along the road to addiction, suggesting nervousness and eliciting anxiety.