Exploring the Unknown:
A Ceramic Journey Through the Sea of Imagination
“Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think
things we like to think.”

– Robert Henri
In a world that seems weighed down by the daunting aspects in life, I wanted to make a project that focused on a more light-hearted topic. Inspired partially by my childhood fascination of the ocean, I decided to create a series of ceramic sculptures of marine-like organisms. These hand built sculptures emphasize the use of repetition of simplistic forms to create intricate structures. While these sculptures contain attributes associated with real-life creatures they are not holistically representational of this world, but rather are fictitious organisms embracing the realm between art and science. These pieces act as whimsical representations of the unknown elements of things yet discovered.

Kaitlin Starr '16

Advisor: Walter Zurko

Untitled Series III. Porcelain. 2016.

Encrusted. Porcelain. 2016.

Tile Series II. Porcelain. 2016.

Tile Series II.  Detail. 2016.

Untitled IV. Porcelain, styrofoam, paint, glue. 2016.

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