To me, clay—like wood—is a source for the creation of abstract and naturalistic sculptures, as well as countless utilitarian man-made objects. However, clay is also a medium found in nature that is functional on its own. By using clay to represent branches and insects that exist in the natural environment surrounding us, the material and the manner in which it is represented should evoke a feeling of tension that represents the constant struggle between earth and man. Nature can be a practical source for humans, but it is often forgotten that it is already a functional source for thousands of other living beings. Where is the line between what is ours to take, and what has already been claimed? With the architectural layout of the small pile of branches, the overall disheveled appearance of the larger pile of branches, and the scattered, toppled insects, I want to invoke this question as a reminder of the resources that humans take for granted.
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