“Under the Heater”

by Lillian Tørlen Norway

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“Under the heater” is part of Levels of Attachment and Belonging – a series of site-relational ceramic vases, where each object is hand-built and unique.

The pieces are defined by the architecture and interior of the space for which they were initially created. They relate in different ways to their environment—some through a subtly altered shape, while others seem forced, tearing as they attain their new form. While some have retained their potential as functional vases, others are rendered as useless objects where the characteristics of the vase are nearly wiped out.

In this series of work the vase is appropriated to examine a theme of belonging and adaptation. The vase has established anthropomorphic qualities with shapes that are often described in terms of human anatomy; feet, belly, shoulder, neck and lip – and invites to a corporeal as well as a psychological reading. By preserving the unglazed clay’s organic expression this aspect is emphasized.

The series was born out of an interest for the site-specific – and what happens when such pieces are displaced.

As these vases are moved from their initial place of exhibition, they take on a different relationship to their new surroundings. Some find similar spaces in which to dwell, easily adapting to new structures, whilst others are rendered as awkward shapes with no apparent sense of belonging.

The titles refers to the original site for which the piece was created, and may highlight any subsequent displacement.

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Making site-specific works, I am interested in how people experience their immediate surroundings. Through sculptures and installations in various materials I invite the viewer to re-evaluate spaces, to pause and consider a chain of events, or to simply contemplate the dialogue happening between the piece, the space and the viewer him/herself.
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