Breath of Life

July 4 th 2008

Conceptually, this work is based upon the notion of the human body being a shelter for the soul. I work primarily in ceramics, somehow hoping to connect my artwork made in a post-modern context to the rich and ancient history of clay. Drawing inspiration from nature as well as art historical sources, I am attempting to rectify my current presence with a visual history from the past. I am particularly interested in iconography and the concept of a symbol or object conveying a meaning larger than itself.

Beginning with the concept of clay as a metaphor for the body, these pieces are hand built and are hollow inside while mostly appearing to be solid. The hollow interiors of these pieces are symbolic of the soul, while the clay exterior references the delicate and ephemeral nature of life.

Most recently, I am interested in the frailty of the body and the fallibility of man. This work explores concerns about my own fragility and femininity and its relation to my constant struggles with the concept of eternity.

Topics: Arts

Allison Luce graduated with dual BFA degrees in Painting and Art History from Ohio University. In 2001, she received her MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York, and continued to live in the New York City metro area pursuing a career in art until 2006. She currently lives and works in Charlotte, North Carolina where she is a studio artist at Clayworks Studio and Gallery and an adjunct ceramics instructor.