Jon McMillan

Artist Statement

My work explores dualities--simple and complex, formal and conceptual, internal and external. I use juxtaposition and ambiguity to create objects and installations that speak to both general and specific dichotomies, allowing viewers to bring their own experiences to bear in the interpretation of the work. The meticulous and time-consuming process of making, and the drawn-out multiple firings I employ allow for a more complex and reactionary method of creation. Through this way of making, I am able to gradually build interesting forms and textures, with layers of meaning augmented by the layering of shape and surface. While this body of work generates from concrete ideas concerning symbiosis, conflict, and coexistence, I engage my audience by making objects that pique interest through their vague and surreal nature. My hope is to encourage dialogue by raising questions instead of providing answers.

-- Jon McMillan