Consumed? Instigating a Healthy Future through Sculptural Reflections
Jacob Wilson, BFA Senior Exhibition in Ceramics
When: November 6 - 17, 2015
Where: Highsmith Art and Intercultural Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, November 6, 6-8:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday, 12:00 pm. - 6:00 p.m. Sunday
All events are free and open to the public
Artist Statement: Consumed? Instigating a Healthy Future Through Sculptural Reflections
Through sculptural ceramics and applied mixed media it is possible to create works that facilitate the questioning of modern culture. Certain aspects of current society threaten to hinder a more positive and healthy future. Excessive focus on boastful consumer products perpetuates harmful behaviors and fuels negative mentalities, ironically resulting in lower qualities of life. By manipulating a simple organic material, such as clay, forms are created that exaggerate and emphasize certain suggested objects of modern misguidance. In this manner the pure medium reflects on truth and health, while the resulting content addresses the opposite. Specific focuses include unhealthy addictions to adulterated food and drink, alcohol, drugs, violence, wealth, and lethargic entertainment. Through this body of work that presents the absurdity of current behaviors, the intent is to stimulate a questioning of values while provoking humanity’s realization of a desperate need for a better direction.