Vessel (Les Sauvages de la mer Pacifique, 1806)

Ceramic, painted cardboard boxes, adhesive vinyl, wood table
10 x 14 x 5 ft

In my installation Vessel (Les Sauvages de la mer Pacifique, 1806), I borrowed depictions of Tahiti and Hawaii from panoramic wallpaper panels produced by Dufour et Cie.  The scenes served as backdrops for my hand-built ceramic figures and natural forms, which offered a counter aesthetic.  They are distressed, hollowed, and disfigured versions of what one sees in the wallpaper.  I wanted to disrupt the aesthetic harmony and unity of the image, and challenge the way its romantic aesthetics cloak a colonialist ideology.  I configured this installation to envelop the viewer in spatial and sensory ways.