Throughout history, commerce and trade has played an important role in the development of civilizations. My work explores the role in which mass production has inundated our culture, and the effects of mass consumption of those products in society. I look to question what will be found from our civilization maybe 2000 years from now, and what “object/artifact” will be considered important. Will it be a common informational street sign, or a hand tool, which is no longer needed due to our technological advances?
In my work I am exploring the “object/artifact”, as well as the subconscious associations of form within this realm. These forms carry a reminder of a particular use in which the form may be associated with, in terms of time and place. I want to evoke the subconscious of the viewer by using familiar forms from my own culture and place in time, showing an awareness of the past, while capturing a moment in which I live. Using mechanical and industrial forms within my work, I create forms associated with the Industrial Revolution and the subsequent mass production in our society.
By creating my work using traditional methods of hand building, as well as using industrial practices with molds, I hope to show an awareness of our past, as well as the present, within the developments of technology and its affects on our society, culture, and environment.
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