OviOvaOvum

2012-2016


These sculptures are part of a series, titled OviOvaOvum, which I made in response to a
curious gift: a set of emu eggshells that contained the petrified bodies of developing chicks. Out
of reverence for life, intrigued by the notion of body as object, and motivated by the beauty and
emotion of the birds, I began to work with the gift sculpturally. In this series of work I closely
examine the fragility of life and the thin veil of death, as the sculptures and the birds themselves
speak to the emotional contours of illness, rejuvenation, loss, and comfort. My final sculptural
act for the series was to release the bird’s body through the pyre of a wood fired kiln, the flash of
which remains on the ceramic sphere presented, evoking the natural cycle of birth and death.