Jaime Dunlop’s graduate work explores both the presence of a singular object and the power of the collective group. Attracted to the strength, tension and fragility of clay, the artist produces multiples through the exploration of layers, before arriving at the final form. The construction of these circular forms relies on the chemical changes enacted during the firing process. Each strip is compressed to one another until the entire form is connected and, after slowly drying, the heat process transforms these once individual elements into a strong united structure. These forms are the result of a contest between maker and material for control. Dunlop intends for the work to be shown collectively, as their shared aesthetic connects them as a cohesive group.
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