Memorial for the Iraq War
Raw materials once part of the surrounding geographical landscape are reformed and re-informed to address the complex web of systems that provide structure for the narratives of the human experience. An undeniable characteristic of clay is that it is always in a state of transformation through the process of its creation, always changing but maintaining its outward profile. Clay’s transformative property is the first place of resonance for the individual who is continuously under siege from traumatic events, who maintains a constantly shifting equilibrium although outwardly appearing the same. Refractory in nature, clay has the unique ability to maintain its shape when exposed to high temperatures. Clay’s literal interpretation of the heat of the fire, the second place of resonance, can be seen as the mirrored experience of the individual’s exposure to life’s contingencies and experiences. The third place of resonance lies in clay’s non-conductivity. Clay does not allow for movement of energy be it heat, electricity, etc. This can be used as a metaphor for the human condition as it responds to/is affected by the inflicted trauma. The individual harbors the trauma, and the individual becomes the site of quiet absorption of its energy.