Ambiguous material

Recent work this summer at SFAI Fort Mason explores the transformation of mass-produced materials such as foam and polystyrene, materials usually associated with local and global transportation, into porcelain, wax and plaster, with an interest in one material taking on the appearance of or masquerading as another.

Introducing elements from the mould-making and casting process back into the work aims to blur distinctions between producer, process and product, creating ambiguity between the finished object, the casting process and the original material.

Using stacked dry wall, an industrial material normally used in construction, as a slip-mould for casting porcelain produced a texture referencing the brutalist architecture of SFAI.

Fractured structure, bisque-fired porcelain from a dry wall mould

Stacked dry wall mould, with front side removed (left); Ventilation shaft, SFAI Chestnut Street, colored pencil and marker pen on paper, 42 x 29.7 cm (right)