“Ocean’s Bounty” is my exploration of the mysterious bond we all have with the ocean. I chose the coil-building method for this piece to echo both the waves and ripples of the ocean and the corresponding give and take of the sand and ocean floor. The jagged ridges of the vessel are meant to mirror the sometimes dangerous coral rock which form the essence of our land mass and which itself is a gift from the ocean’s depths. This piece is meant to be representative of our need to accept and welcome change and to embrace a willingness to adapt in the face of frequently shifting circumstances that we encounter as individuals and as a nation.
“Tribal Song” pays homage to the indigenous people who called our shores home. What does is it mean to be a forgotten people? To be overtaken by the tides of change? Should we, the new caretakers of these islands, be showing more respect and appreciation for the legacy of the first inhabitants? Are there lessons to be learnt? Inside, the bowl is a clean slate of white, waiting to be filled with a new future. Outside, holding our collective future together, is the past…the natural red earthenware of this vessel is glazed with barely a whisper of blue remaining. The ocean, which was once their source of sustenance, had unexpectedly become the bringer of death. What was once a vibrant culture in tune with its liquid borders, has been stripped down to but an echo of its former self. Like the intimate song of the shell which - even when pressed close to our ear - only gives a haunting hint of the melody within, the monochromatic curls, textures and shell-like swirls on this vessel are only fragments of the full tribal song that once was.