Rebecca Hamlin Green
Nestle No. 4
found object, unfired clay, grass, hair, feathers, lace, silk flowers, pearl
6 x 4.5 x 5.5 inches
What separates the human consciousness from our biological origins as animals remains difficult to define and yet had to have its origins in the evolutionary process the same as physiological and ecological processes. This disjunction most likely can be reduced to a minute but fundamental mutation in our neural process that spurred a desire for self-reflection, the root of religion, philosophy, the pursuit of knowledge and the desire to make our lives better. We perceive this difference to be an all-encompassing characteristic of our humanity, justification for the harnessing and exploiting of the environment, and the persistence of the Anthropocene. As individuals, this tendency can double down on itself and perpetuate self-criticism, nostalgia, abuse and “othering.” My work incorporates ceramic representations of the natural world with traditionally domestic objects in order make sense of some of this dichotomy between dominion and isolation, with our desire for simplicity and our reliance on modernity, between our natural selves and our human-ness.
© Rebecca Hamlin Green