'A glimpse of the passage of time'
I work in clay, metal and found objects. I fire combinations of materials and observing the changes, pushing materials to their physical limits.
I also develop my own clay recipes to construct and explore textures that are rough, sharp, and surprising. I am fascinated by the concept of time, in particular such elements as fragility, fragmentation, disintegration, and life change.
My pieces explore the physical aging process and the invisible interior experiences we gather over time. The different layers revealed, as well as the inner formal complexity, reflect my curiosity towards what humans reveal to each other – what layers we are willing to expose, and what we keep hidden and whether there is conflict between them.
As a material, ceramics are expected to be smooth and robust-looking objects. My work challenges this perception, playing with the fragile boundary between people’s curiosity and their hesitancy as they pick pieces up.
I also love to find discarded and ambiguous objects. I investigate their physical properties and imagine what purpose they had in their former life. By integrating them in my clay art work, I give them a new context, belonging, and identity. During this process I examine the correlation between the ever-increasing ‘disconnect towards objects’ – the throwaway culture, not working with our hands any longer and being stuck and hibernating behind electronic devices – and how these behaviours have changed our modern society.
I grew up in Vienna, where I was enchanted by manufacture and production processes in the factories nearby. This sparked a lifelong interest in making and materials. I was particularly curious about discarded objects and organic matters. I would pull them apart and tie them together, and studied the weight, texture, and feel of each object.
When I touched clay for the first time in 2007, I was instantly mesmerised by its possibilities. I studied sculpture at Kensington and Chelsea College and City Lit London, graduating in 2015. I currently work out of Cockpit Arts in Holborn, creating large tactile sculptures down to small, hand-held pieces and exhibiting internationally.
© Claudia Wassiczek 2018