Between and Beyond is a series of handbuilt and wheel-thrown ceramic objects which explore intimate queer relationships through the human figure. I assemble slabs of clay to create openings and negative spaces within the sculptures, implying the ways in which the human form also acts as a vessel. The sculptures as well as the figures themselves remain open and vulnerable, literally and metaphorically. The body is depicted through fragmented sections, alluding to the ways in which society and culture break up gender and sexuality into limiting binaries. These intimate, private moments are meant to conjure an imagined future free of limiting gender ideologies and polarizing assumptions about sexuality. My intention is to show multiple figures engaged intimately with each other as well as with themselves in order to point out and elaborate the idea that queerness exists as an ideological framework meant to reject polarization and to embrace the fluid.
HEIL, NOAH F., "Between and Beyond" (2019). Art and Art History Honors Projects. 9.
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