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Communicating vase #1

2021

ceramic, glass, plastic, metal, wood, plaster, feather, acrylic

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Communicating vase #2

2021

ceramic, glass, plastic, metal, wood, plaster, feather, acrylic

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Communicating vase #3

2021

ceramic, glass, plastic, metal, wood, plaster, feather, acrylic

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Communicating vase #4

2021

ceramic, glass, plastic, metal, wood, plaster, feather, acrylic

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Communicating vase #5

2021

ceramic, glass, plastic, metal, wood, plaster, feather, acrylic

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About

The project explore the concept of dreams by reinterpreting the concept of communicating vases. 

In science, communicating vases are a set of containers filled with a liquid and connected by a tube. As the liquid level depends on atmospheric pressure, when we lift one of the containers, the liquid balances out to the same level in all of the containers regardless of the shape and volume of the containers. 

Communicating vases is also an image used by André Breton in 1932 to illustrate the role of dreams as the enabling ‘capillary tissue’ between the exterior world of facts and the interior world of emotions, between day and night, between reality and the imagination. This passing back and forth between two modes is shown to be the basis of Surrealist thought. 

 

Each sculpture builds on this metaphor by taking my own dreams and creating physical representations of them. My Communicating vases have 2 distinct components: a dream writing on paper and "fossilized" in a science lab glass container and fill it with clear acrylic to give the feeling that the dreams have been fossilized; its quasi-surrealist physical interpretation built around a ceramic pot, The 2 containers are connected by a tube to complete the metaphor.