I am fascinated by the inner thoughts, the memories, and the cumulative experience that make us each a complex physiological puzzle. My work, which is comprised of ceramic figures and interactive toys, offers playful memory triggers and evocative spaces in which viewers can deconstruct the building blocks of their social persona.
My imagination is sparked by the past experiences of each piece of second-hand clothing I select. The importance of used textile is both conceptual and technical. This clothing once protected a young child, was stained and torn, and is now imbued with history. These remnants of childhood are preserved in clay, capturing a moment life’s haste has left behind, transformed into a vessel that awaits the viewers’ memories and personal interpretations. Used clothing has also been repeatedly washed allowing for an easier slip-dipping process. Once clothing is chosen it is altered and left to mold in slip. Weeks later slab-built clay armatures are constructed and clothed with this saturated textile. Additional detailing is done after the apparel is applied and the outer layer of fabric is repeatedly burnished onto the supportive clay interior.
I believe the fluid nature of time plays into the push-pull of accepting our adult selves while still striving for child-like happiness and contentment. Clocks are incorporated into recent works to explore the dichotomy presented by the rapidity with which pleasurable moments pass and the elongation of tiresome tasks. I am eager to continue to find poignant ways to discuss time with my viewer.
— Jessica Gardner