9' x 9' x 6', assorted STARworks clay bodies.
Consisting of close to three tons of clay, this piece was constructed over the artist’s two-month residency at STARworks in early 2019 and reflects the wide range of clay bodies formulated and produced by the STARworks clay factory on site.
Born Again represents birth, the discovery of self, the dissolution of ego, and death—concepts that elicit disparate emotions, yet are connected on a continuum. It may be experienced as a womb or a tomb, depending upon the viewer’s own perspective. Regardless of where one finds oneself on this gamut, the call to go inside and explore is universal. Once inside, the dense and earthy materiality of clay in the form of a catenary curve allows the softest of sounds to reverberate, wrapping the individual within their own vibration, enshrining the self, and leaving one with a sense of pacified reverence.
Born Again exists in its final state as raw, unfired clay with the understanding that when no longer convenient to the space, it will be demolished and returned to the earth. Through embracing this concept, Born Again challenges the viewer’s own relationship with the impermanence of materiality.