Josephine Burr, Ceramicist
As an artist I am interested in probing the juncture between tangible and spiritual worlds, exploring how ineffable experience can be distilled into visible, tactile form. The objects I create are markers for the invisibilia that underlie our experience of the world: the shifting terrain of memory, faith and relationship. For me, the process of making is an act of listening, of attending fully to the present moment and to that uncertain terrain at the edge of perception. The finished work becomes a point of entry within which to linger and contemplate.
In recent work, groupings of objects and images – loops, clusters, ephemeral structures - are rendered in a fluid spectrum of form, surface, color and light. The ceramic medium offers both a malleable material for “drawing” form in space, and a surface on which line, color and even light can be manipulated. I explore imagery across these planes, using ceramic processes and mixed media materials to create layered, fresco-like drawings on clay, and using the clay and glaze itself to explore line and color in space. The tactile intimacy, and alchemy, of the material allows a deeply intuitive, responsive process through which the pieces emerge.