View Image Gallery Jessica Knapp(Full member)Tel: +44 (0)123 456789 Email: Web: www.jessicaknapp.com
My interests in how humans assign meaning and value to spaces and in porcelain as a material with a palpable aura, has led me to the artwork I am currently making, which consists of hand-build and slip-cast sculptural forms using porcelain. Some of the pieces become freestanding objects of their own, while others are used in multiples in larger installations, sometimes combined with other materials.
As resource material, I investigate historical decorative art traditions including the court porcelain of European factories like Meissen, KPM and Sevres, and the work of contemporary artists who employ both subtlety and humor to alter our perceptions of both interior and exterior spaces through the inclusion of specific objects, an emphasis on ritual use or purposefulness, or the alteration and accentuation of the space itself. I am also working within the tradition of recreating plant forms in porcelain, and am interested mainly in the symbolism conveyed by the transformed objects, the potent ideas and emotions, the potential for communication that they contain.
In addition to these sources, I draw inspiration from the formal languages of Ikebana flower design, garden landscaping and interior design from Rococo and Baroque European Palaces. These disciplines use plants to communicate specific ideas and ideals, playing on and with their temporal or impermanent nature to create evolving compositions. Their deliberate approach to a transitory material has led me to investigate the meanings created and made possible by the combination of actual plants and porcelain flowers and of abstracted floral form vases that are completed compositionally with the inclusion of flowers. The abstraction of these shapes is critical for me, since the familiarity of a generalized form allows the viewer to associate ideas and memories of their own, while retaining an element of mystery by denying a more specific recognition of the forms. Through installations and arrangements of these objects, I intend to evoke an emotional response, make viewers more aware of their environment and encourage them to engage physically and visually with the work.
Porcelain sculpture, installation and sculptural vessels.
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All work is fired between Cone 6-10 in electric kilns. I use a variety of surface treatments, from glaze to wax, and often leave the exterior of pots unglazed.
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Contact DetailsStudio Address: Rodenbergstr. 51, Berlin, Germany, 10437.
Telephone: +44 (0)123 456789
Availability: Please email first for a studio visit.
Location: Currently, my studio is in Granville, Ohio, USA at Denison University.
Joined on: 2008-01-22
Last Updated: 2011-09-19