Hollow Form

Downtown Los Angeles. 2021


Hollow Form is a sculptural side table composed of large, clay components designed from digital scans of organic and geological samples. Through a sequence of manual and computational manipulations, these clay forms fuse into a stone lattice column finished in layers of custom matte and metallic glaze. Large cuts slice vertically through two sides of the column, revealing a pattern through its new edges and exposing it’s deep, hollow interior.

Hollow Form represents an attempt to reconcile our lost relationship with the natural world by utilizing digital tools to engage and co-create with nature. In this piece, 3D scans of organic samples are highly detailed and visually robust, allowing for digital processing to alter and manipulate their forms without fully removing them from their natural context. The result is a figure that is semi-digital and semi-geologic in character; a hybrid that resists inclusion and exclusion from both the natural and built worlds.   Furthering this duality, re-materializing this natural form in stoneware is a physical act of processing the earth’s geology into a new form. Digital tools are utilized to deploy natural materials (in this instance ceramic stoneware and mineral glazes) into a form that is instinctually connected to the ground.

At its most fundamental, Hollow Form is about exploring a visceral, even instinctual connection with the non-anthropocentric aspects of our world, allowing ourselves to search for meaning in vaguely organic and geological qualities. This piece is an exploration in communication with our primordial and contemporary selves; a visual vernacular of form that allows us to connect with the inanimate, natural things with which we find ancestral belonging.

Ceramic stoneware with metallic and chrome glaze.
Dimensions: 15”D x 15.5”W x 24”H
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