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Monday, 15 August 2016

out of the ashes...

Wendy Stefansson. Out of the Ashes. Slip-cast porcelain, pit fired. 1996

This is a piece about resurrection.

It is a fragment of male torso -- possibly a crucifix -- cast in white porcelain, then fired in a “pit” full of combustibles. It’s the smoke from this process that causes the random and subtle colouration on the surface. I literally lifted it out of the ashes after the fire had died, and found it was in pieces. I glued the pieces back together and assembled them on a board for strength. It was a bit like being an archaeologist, reassembling the fragments of an earlier creation; an earlier being. Like being a god, re-creating it, giving it new life.

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