In many cultures around the world humans have a deep connection to the soil as it continues to shape much of our lives. Yet the thought of dirt has negative connotations associated with it. Using clay, a specific type of dirt, I explore philosophical questions such as: What is “natural” for our behavior? And how has this changed over time?
Considering early philosophical thought that dealt with a code of ethics explaining how people attempt to control their base animal instincts, my work now incorporates the transition to a more modern philosophy which attempts to answer the questions I have laid before and many others based on how brain neurons function. Combining neurophilosophy with my ceramics practice I explore the ideas of dealing with a culture that ignores our conscience and denies our fellow human beings any inherent value. Within this context, I am brought back to the concept of the Vessel and containment, specifically the dysfunctional vessel as it relates to the Human condition.