Jennifer Holt

Visions In Clay 2020

Jennifer Holt

Artist Statement:

By exploiting the fragility and translucency of porcelain, I employ the process of casting on metaphorical terms. To me, a mold creates a memory of an object, picking up the traces of its use and history. Clay has the ability to contain this memory, creating a ghost-like membrane that divides presence from absence. It is this fine line between reality and memory that my work explores.

I cast everyday objects and scenarios in order to investigate their narrative qualities and potential to play off the collective memory of the viewer.  My most recent work utilizes human hand gestures to explore notions of our shared humanity.  The installation “Zero Sum Game (Ro Sham Bo)” reflects upon the current political climate in our country, displaying a child-like game that has inevitably lost its innocence.

Notions of time, place and the significance of our everyday experience are consistent themes throughout my work. Ultimately, I hope that my work is able to communicate the preciousness of time and offer insight into our shared human experience.

Zero Sum Game (Ro Sham Bo), Corner Version
Slip cast porcelain, cone 8; thread, mixed media
Dimensions variable (as pictured: 36” l x  60” d x 48” h)