My work strains against the line between the human physical and emotional self. Through conjured memory, I revisit my family’s history with illness and premature death. These memories are flooded with emotion and anxiety that I use as the base of my sculptural work.
The work is figural in nature incorporating either the full figure or small vignettes. The surfaces vary widely, either from ceramics surface and material process or by projecting macro images of glaze casted forms onto the pieces. The effect is same; to imagine the surface of the skin as a reflection of the disease hidden within. These surface choices are derived from high-color contrast scanning electron micrograph images of cancer cells and their inherently grotesque and psychedelic appearance.
Through various ceramic material experiments, I am able to capture this color range in my glazecasted pieces or through the use of foaming glazes that form a purulent discharge that oozes out of various expressions. Everything is exaggerated. Life. Cancer. Growth. It’s all a repeating and continuous cycle of being wary of the future and empathetic of the past.
— Jamie Bates Slone