My practice is an ongoing investigation of being a body in the world. Layers of experience and interactions collide into material form. The figure invites me to reconcile perceptions and thoughts. The gap between my body and the figure is a window or an opening. My subconscious offers me things about myself, and I am aware of my body: the circumference of my wrist, how my leg muscles squeeze. Even when I’m making work about other people and their stories, my body is involved. I hear conversations, sometimes more than once, and put fragments together. I take experiences and retell them. There are still whispers of the figure.
I make the intangible; my forms offer memories that change with each passing moment. They move farther from my reach and so I dig, scrape, and grasp toward them through the clay. I grab the material—a fistful at a time. I pull, push, smack it around with my forearms and elbows. Violence and aggression are layered into the clay, packing it on top of itself. It embodies my loss and solidifies it in the material.
The inner reality is a place where things are mostly pictorial and non-linear, floating, transparent, overlapping and/or fragments from the past, and sometimes in the realm of myth. However, when thinking about the physical world, it is something that is directly in front of us. It can be described in words, and engaged with the body.
The language of ceramics offers a framework for my experiences, being both plastic and distinct. Through ceramics and printed textile, I am investigating the world around me in the hopes that the transparency of one part will help verify the density of the other.
— Gabrielle Grace Graber