Representational sculptures and renderings of the body are often approached with a residual degree of respect, care, interest, and distance because of their implied intimacy. Their familiar forms create a sense of personal space that interacts with our own. Therefore, eliciting our sympathy through an understanding that representationally, they embody the feeling of consciousness. My work evokes the uncanny through the slippage and subsequent defiance of expectation that is almost imperceptible.
I approach sculpting and composing images similarly through layering—physically, pictorially, formally, and conceptually. Combining clay objects and image, both found and made, one of my recent project utilized a digital scanner. A 24-minute scan was made to reflect the personal data collected in a 24-hour day. Using a combination of digital biofeedback and handwritten recollections of dreams, each day is cataloged through quantitative data – what my body was physically doing, and narrative – where my mind was in spite of my physiological state. Using these sources as inputs, I created ceramic objects from the personal data that are the source of the images. This work explores the threshold of mind and body. Engaging in the acknowledged futility of attempting to define fleeting moments in archival ways, I strive to communicate the subtle complexities of feeling, and of being.
Eyes close, each eyelash meets another. Sun as seen through eyelids, is a dull orange.
— Molly Allen