Ceramic octopi and other creatures are piled up in order to create an ambiguous mass that brings to mind scholar's rocks and unidentifyable flora and fauna. The animals begin to perform in their distorted combinations, moving within a solid form suggesting an otherworldly landscape or the garden grotto, seen in miniature. The work is inspired by the ceramics of the French 16th c artist, Bernard Palissy, who made platters resembling ponds, using direct casts of animals and plants. It is also influenced by objects found in a renaissance Wunderkammer, or Cabinet of Curiosities where rare and fantastical items such as crafted coral, were displayed. The glass octopi series are installed on the wall, and are meant to create a sense of liquid movement captured in a solid translucent material. The octopus is both mysterious and sensually evocative, its parachute like body and its long tentacles bring to mind both female and male sensual imagery. In "Crystal Octopi" a pool of baby octopi blend into their surroundings, appearing and disappearing in their luminosity, revealing the camouflaging capability of the species. The "Ruby Octopi are saturated in a rich red as they "swim" on the wall.
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