Porcelain, wire, paint, electrical hardware
23'W x 23'D x 17'H
Combining a tree with a chandelier may seem an odd logic.
But my work always investigates dialectics: fragility and permanence, the real and the imagined, matter and energy, the natural and the artifactual. I work with all of those ideas in this new work. Through the tree and the chandelier I ask questions about how internal and external space meet or converge.
I imagine the space created by these forms as both outdoor and indoor, as at once a forest and a great hall. The forest is a wilderness, an untamed place outside of our normal living space. It's the space where the sages go to meditate; it allows for internal experience. Anyone going there might hope to gain some kind of private revelation.
The hall of chandeliers evokes grand, domestic, and exclusive space: perhaps a palace. In our time, most palaces have been transformed into public spaces. They have become places we go to understand something about larger questions of history or culture.
Both the forest and the palace's great hall address internal and external worlds; I attempt to construct a space that allows for both kinds of awareness.
- Jeanne Quinn, 2011
- Milling foam halves for positive models on 3-axis router.
- Milled model halves.
- Trimming and assembling model halves into positive forms.
- Assembled and sealed models (positives).
- Preparing to cast plaster negative molds from models.
- Set of plaster molds for slip-casting.
- Slip-cast ceramic objects.
- Preparing ceramic pieces for firing in anticipation of glaze movement. With the objects suspended, even as the glaze drips, it will not fuse the ceramic piece to the kiln shelf.
- Final installation at Denver Art Museumís Overthrown: Clay Without Limits exhibition.