“Come Closer and the View Gets Wider” is a monument to collective consciousness and an invitation for viewers to look, touch, feel, and perhaps shift perspectives. The sculpture is composed of thousands of bone-like ceramic pieces, each hand-made and uniquely glazed. From a distance, the large textured globe evokes unity and delicacy. Up close, the sculpture mimics the sensation of peeking through a hole in a wall and catching a glimpse of an intimate moment.
REBECCA MANSON’s work stretches the limits of ceramics, challenging preconceived notions regarding fragility. “My work uses ceramics as a metaphor for the individual and societal body,” says Manson. “This sculpture was informed by the process of working with clay, a nature that wants to collapse. For me, ceramics is tied to personal resilience and rebuilding in the face of adversity.”
Manson's work incorporates tiny porcelain sculptures, each an intimate, bone-like shape, adhered and supported by elaborate systems made of metal and epoxy. Comprised of innumerable parts which on their own may appear insignificant, the structures celebrate the idea that small things together amount to something impactful.
The piece took a year to come together and for six weeks alone, Manson said, she was tearing off bits of clay and would “roll, smush, smush” them into the bone-like parts, to be fired and glazed and stored in piles, then organized by shape and color. After rigorous research and fabrication processes, an internal structure made of aluminum was fabricated, and the pieces were meticulously arranged and adhered, forming into a spherical shape. The sculpture is designed with an option to spin when pushed, creating an opportunity for interaction.
Manson believes that the process of wrestling with clay is an act of resistance, mirroring the victory of overcoming struggles in daily life. Inspired by the potential that arises from collapse, she pushes the limits of ceramics, engaging a cyclical process of building, firing, excavating, and reassembling. Inspired by the power of togetherness, she creates meticulous works from tiny parts, depicting “masses” and “individuals” within various social dynamics. By leaving a large porcelain sculpture in a heavily trafficked outdoor public space to survive the elements, she wishes to call ideas about preciousness into question.
Rebecca Manson makes a series of marks and strokes with small bits of clay, in varying shades of off-white with hints of color. These small gestural marks Manson then combines into her large-scale sculptures and wall reliefs. Manson’s porcelain and epoxy wall pieces appear as ‘sculptural paintings’ in their shape, form and context. The resulting works are simultaneously haunting and elegant.
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