In-Between Moments, Janice Jakielski
November 22 @ 5:00 pm - December 20 @ 6:00 pm
Opening Reception | Friday, November 22, 2019 | 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Exhibition on view through December 20, 2019
I create objects of curiosity; beautiful objects to provide focus, retreat and pause in an overwhelming world. Through the use of meticulous detail, familiar forms and uncertain function I coax my audience to draw near, closing the physical gap between viewer and object. In this way the details of my workmanship and the excessive fragility of the porcelain act as a whisper, flirtatiously demanding investigation.
This work began from a place of material exploration. I adapt and re-invent ceramic engineering processes and materials for application in the studio. This experimental approach to ceramics allows me to circumvent the constraints of a conventional clay body. By inventing a new way of casting and manipulating ultra-thin porcelain sheets I am able to create impossible objects. Cut, veneered, twirled and slotted my vessels have a material ambiguity that brings the viewer to a place of sensory uncertainty.
My pieces are inspired by iconic historic vessels. I do not replicate these objects but instead re-imagine them in ways not feasible using traditional ceramics. By removing the interior volume I am able to contemplate these forms divorced from function. They are vessels without voids, containers without containment. I use planes to playfully define, dissect and divide the spaces that they inhabit.
I consider the in-between moments as the time between life’s events, a waiting place where too much time is spent looking for the next thing to happen. The material fragility of this work requires me to be present in the moment, with every movement in the studio a deliberate, delicate dance. The sensory manipulation of clay, a tactile material by nature, is replaced by a new touch. The thin edge of porcelain pressed against the pads of my fingers, the careful balancing of featherweight sheets on my fingertips. The resulting objects reside both in the historic and contemporary, bringing together new technologies and the traditional hand of the maker.