Liliana Folta: Freedom on Wheels, 2010, ceramic, oxides, glazes, found objects, high temp wire, 15x8x5.5in.
Liliana Folta: Oíd el Ruido de Rotas Cadenas (Hear the Sounds of Broken Chains), detail, 2010
Liliana Folta: In the Garden, 2008, ceramic, oxides, glazes, crystal beads, high temp wire, 11.5x5x5in.
Liliana Folta: Exhale, detail, 2009/10
Liliana Folta: Inhale-Exhale-Explode, 2009/10, ceramic installation, oxides, glazes, wood, high temp wire, 14x12x4in (each)
Liliana Folta: Rococo Shoes, 2008, ceramic, oxides, glazes, fresh water pearls, high temp wire, 10.5x3.5x3.5in.
Liliana Folta: Sitting Pretty, 2008, ceramic, oxides, glazes, crystal beads, high temp wire, 10.5x3.5x3.5in.
Liliana Folta: After Chaos, 2008, ceramic, oxides, glazes & high temp wire, 8x11.5x6in.
“My work has a sculptural yet functional element to it and encompasses a sense of traditional ceramic techniques. Within this tradition is the art of storytelling and symbols which evoke certain sentiments and nostalgia but also a sense of the present environment. This environment is psychological and therefore each piece points to emotions within the narrative.
My present work is currently narrated by the symbol of the chair.
How does one define a simple thing like the chair? What makes the chair, a chair? As James Joyce says in A Portrait of a young man, “Is a chair conceived as a work of tragic or comic art?”
No other object forcefully shapes the physical, social and emotional dimensions of our lives. On the chair seats only one person at a time and responds to the body through comfort. It has a communicative function and offers a glimpse into our collective ideas about that sense of comfort and order.
One can imagine the world from a persons’ perspective as it communicates compassion. Just as its absence communicates disrespect, lack of empathy and loss, whether this loss is a physical or emotional one.” Kira O’Brien
Kira O’Brien: The Sleepers, 2011, white earthenware, black and colored slips, 1150 transparent glaze, 14cm
Kira O’Brien: The Meeting, 2011, white earthenware, black and colored slips, 1150 transparent glaze, 12x15x26cm