I’m Just Fat: A Statement About BodiesIndividual pieces from left to right:
Ceramics, hair, and liquid watercolor.
"I’m Just Fat: A Statement Against Statements of How Bodies Should Be is my physical manifestation and creative response to the judgment of bodies.
My art practice has been engaged in investigating the ways human beings act in the structures and categories established by particular groups. Currently, I examine the way particular groups and categories of people build hierarchies that deny certain people access to a similarly desired experience through particular body attributes; particularly with fat. Specifically, I look at the denial of some bodies to exist in the experience of a happy life, through the loss of autonomy and authority in the self due to the body’s appearance and what sort of judgments come from that appearance. I wonder if this loss of autonomy is the cause of shame in the injured party to this loss. Using my own personal experience in conjunction with research, I examine what creates for a happy life, how this circulates in the larger population and eventually comes back to eventually be used as an aid to deem a person’s worth, by looking at the attribute of body fat.
Using the visual language of fat, mass, and volume, I create these bulging and slumping ceramic forms in an abstracted state of desire, eliciting a compulsion to touch, meant to take the visual aesthetic of fat out of its standard judgment of sickly and unhealthy.”
"Alligator Raku Vase"Raku CeramicsAshley CluverThis is a raku fired piece glazed in an Alligator glaze and an under fired white crackle glaze. It’s available on Etsy .
"Stone/White Shot Glasses" Cone 6 CeramicsAshley Cluver
This piece is available on my Etsy
"Raku Cone"Raku fired ceramics
Ashley CluverIt’s been a long time since I’ve posted. Lots of things have come up and made it difficult for me to have any work to post, but if you have a look at my Etsy shop , and see what’s cookin’!This piece is also available on etsy
"Raku Vase With Slab Walls18”x12”x8”Ceramics
“Raku Vessel With Box Appendage”18”x5”x12”Ceramics-Ashley Cluver
"Standing on Shaky Ground"18”x12”x6”CeramicI have become interested in the idea of the instability and invasive actions that take place when a mind is in a state of restlessness. I am representing this using the thrown vessel as a hollow body to represent a consciousness which cannot hold any deep ideas or reasoning, and instead relies upon what it can touch on the surface of its thoughts. This surface of reasoning that it barely skims in this state of restlessness is represented by the appendages, surface textures, and additive shapes on the outside. These give support and defense, but are not permanent solutions to ease the unease which weighs on the consciousness. This temporal feeling is meant to be represented by making apparent the seams where these appendages are attached, and also allowing the clay to break apart and crack on these places naturally during the firing.
"Split Time"12”x5”CeramicsA wall hanging piece exploring an expressionist form and palette.
This is a sneak peek of how today’s Raku firing came out. I refuse to post pictures of these two pieces unless it’s done with my two tone backdrop at home with proper lighting. I’m THAT proud of them. They don’t deserve to be represented by fluorescent lighting.