A play on a status symbol, made up of a chain of references. Tsars ceremonial attribute, Constructivist fantasy or New russians return to religion and a start for consumerist society… This list of evocative associations is the background for the ornament to become a sculpture in its own right.
This body of work summarizes my studio experience at the artist in residence program at Shigaraki Ceramic Sculptural Park in Shiga Japan. Being overwhelmed and fuelled by a new cultural experience as well as new materials and different ways of working, I launched into a new search into what working with clay really meant to me. Experimenting with clays specific to the region, techniques available to me for the first time (for example Wood firing in anagama) as well as reflecting on the different place ceramics has in the life of Japanese I have produced a body of mixed work that is full of questions and longing.
The Father, The Son and The Holy spirit. Ritual vessels extracted from russian iconography - so large a human can only use them as a garden pot; so abstract and non functional - a human can only consider them sculpture ; so empty- they can only hold ambrosia.
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Elena Gileva 2019 contact information : firstname.lastname@example.org instagram site by Jean-Philippe Bretin