• Perpetually fleeting: MFA Thesis - Ceramics

      McCullough, Allora J. (2015-12)
      I am approaching a representation of the ethereal body. I am exploring the sculptural figure as both a body and as a vessel for the physical body. By forming metaphorical vessels for the spirit through visceral abstract bottles, I desire to invent an avenue in which we can access the intangible and unperceivable realm. This is my effort to create a tangible space which allows viewers to reflect on what death means in their life and what happens in that moment of loss. My research is driven by an interest in consciousness theories of psychology, historical cultural practices in burial preparations, a lack of quantifying the “soul” in medical science, and our contemporary culture’s constant pressure for production and busy-ness. I will present a brief collection of my findings in these areas. The supporting definitions and histories will provide a context for the discussion of my work. Ultimately, I am concerned that the consumerist culture we inhabit now has lost a vital act in pursuing the ancient question of the ethereal presence. We rarely acknowledge this question’s existence except for the brief moments we allow ourselves to grieve. These moments are not enough.