Thoryn Ziemba - Artist's Statement
I was taught to use glass, as a hot material,
in the form of the vessel. Right away I had trouble with the need
for someone to put things in the
"work". Exploring ways to remove the functionality led me to the
subtractive process and to sculpture.
It seemed natural for me to remove in order to reveal the form beneath.
It was romantic in some strange "16th Century Italian guy with a chisel"
way; more importantly, I felt an internal response that brought me back
to work again and again. I use process as a tethering line,
as a membrane, to shield myself from distraction. It sometimes seems to
me like a copout, using process in this way, but I am not reverse
designing. It is very much a conversation that I have with the work.
In my work, the vessel's lack of a traditional
expectation of function does not make it functionless. I present this
work with you as a means of communicating my ideas about the world
around us. I work formally to give you access to the ideas at the most
obtuse and broad place possible, so the work and you may evolve and see
different things in each other. It is my wish to set a stage for you to
have an authentic and unique experience on.
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