In The Realm of Possibilities

Cara O'Brien's avatar Cara O'Brien

This work will feature a kitchen table "pulling" itself from the ground with various "colonizing" clay shapes growing off the top and down to the ground. I begin by making many varieties of forms in porcelain clay, from tentacle to petal, and give them textures that range from smooth to rough, random to patterned. Then I find drift wood, reclaimed lumber, metal scraps, even old furniture to use in my work. From beach flotsam to junkyard finds, I alter discarded/abandoned materials as a counterpoint to the creamy white porcelain. Drawing on their visually scarred appearances and mostly unknowable histories, I study the found jetsam and discover what I need to add to in order to make the fragments into something finished and whole. As I bring the various materials, textures and forms together, the process preserves and transforms the found and handmade. I work to create sculpture in which all of the individual parts blend together to make the entire piece purposeful and seamless.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 45 inches
  • Medium: Mixed
  • Width: 45 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 32 inches