Words of Violence/ Actions of Violence
This Ceramic sculpture is powered by the bravery, courageousness, and determination of female survivors of domestic violence who shared their stories implementing awareness and change.
Each face was individually sculpted to represent all diversities within the female community.
The faces are connected together to form a platform where a voice vessel rests.
This vessel is a symbolic object that holds the women’s stories and voices.
The voice vessels construction consisted of several complex processes.
First I made a knuckle duster, a wedding ring.
The ring itself was formed from metal.
Using the visual audio of the word trauma I made a ceramic topper for the knuckle duster wedding ring.
Next, I chose a piece of clay and formed it into a tall tower.
Clay has a memory, it remembers when you have held, touched, and manipulated it. When it reaches a certain temperature in the Kiln the heat will trigger this memory and it will try to shift and move slightly trying to conform to its first memory.
Another connotation between clay and trauma is the words used to mould clay such as manipulate, beat, squeeze, knock, and slap. These same words are used to describe the violence used against individuals in domestic abuse.
The third part of this process was to put the knuckle duster wedding ring on and beat the tower of clay, reducing it down until there was nothing left.
This act is symbolic of the destruction domestic violence has on the victims.
I then gently took the lump of battered clay and carefully reformed it to become the voices vessel that sits pride of place, complete with scars and imperfections, it is supported by the women surrounding it.
The process of firing, oxides and glazing followed.
Domestic abuse dish and bowl.
The dish and bowl are constructed by individually sculpting women’s faces and connecting them together to form these domestic non-functioning sculptural pieces.
I have chosen to use every day domestic household objects, such as crockery. Crockery is used in everyday situations.
The connotations of household domestic crockery, used by women in domestic abuse situations, to serve food from.
The food is shared among family, Including her abuser, this act, is the women’s basic and fundamental expression of nurturing, caring, and love.
The same crockery is often smashed or used by the domestic abuse perpetrator as the first forms to express anger or aggression towards his victim.
The large crack/break in the dish is symbolic of this event.