University of Victoria

recycled & locally harvested clay; sawdust, raku and bisque, participatory sculpture installation

As I was producing Bodies, I was thinking about identity and the precarity of feeling placeless. Seeking out some type of remedy, I began to integrate local clay from a site next to the Pacific Ocean, where I would spend time on a regular basis. The site was an embankment, a bicycle ride from the university, found by crossing fallen rainforest trees over a small waterway flowing into the ocean (where I later produced the work claybank). 

In the exhibition space, I invited people to experience working the clay. As their hands became saturated by the wet earth, conversations and interactions among us were witnessed by the sculptural fragmented bodies.