Jennifer O'Connell, BFA Senior Exhibition in Ceramics


Asleep Within the Seed: A Ceramic Exploration of Death and Rebirth

December 5 – December 13, 2014
S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, Owen Hall
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Opening Reception: Friday, December 5, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

The Senior Exhibition in Ceramics is the culmination of O'Connell's work toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Artist Statement: For a seed to reach its full potential, it must go through a destructive phase in which its pod splits open to release the young seedling within. This natural process visibly conveys the notion that the end of one stage often marks the birth of a new. Using the seed as a symbol for the movement from one stage to the next and as a symbol for the process of living and dying, I have crafted a series of ceramic seeds as metaphorical forms for decay and rebirth.

My work aims to celebrate both the purity and imperfection of nature through examining natural processes of decay, growth, and regeneration. The recycling of decaying organic matter is a necessary phase for the process of growth, and thus, is expressed through juxtaposing ceramic forms in a stage of decay with others that appear to be flourishing. Imbedding various sculptures in soil strengthens this connection between growth and decay furthermore, as it provides an association to both gardens and burials: life and death. Asleep Within the Seed serves as both a tool for contemplating nature’s cycles and as a vehicle for exploring nature as a template for biological, psychological, and spiritual growth.