Emotional Architecture

The Emotional Architecture series of ceramics are intuitively hand-formed gestural responses to ornamental details on historic architectures, seeking to re-inscribe the mark of the body into the built environment, a space commonly considered to be one of rational objectivity. The works evolved out of Liz Glynn’s process for modeling the baroque details on sculptures of gilded age copies

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The Emotional Architecture series of ceramics are intuitively hand-formed gestural responses to ornamental details on historic architectures, seeking to re-inscribe the mark of the body into the built environment, a space commonly considered to be one of rational objectivity.

The works evolved out of Liz Glynn’s process for modeling the baroque details on sculptures of gilded age copies of Louis XIV furniture for her public art installation Open House.  These new ceramic works are formed without a preconceived volume and are glazed with polychromatic layers evocative of aging patinas and organic growth.

Liz Glynn’s ceramic works draw upon both historical references and experimental ceramics processes, notably those of the Otis School.  Artists like John Mason and Peter Voulkous pioneered methods of forming sculptural ceramics using thick clay elements inscribed by marks of the hand. From the blindly formed masks of her Pathos series to these more recent experiments in re-inscribing the mark of the body onto architecture, Glynn’s ceramic works expand upon the relationship between performance and the object, and call into question the binary separation of subjectivity and objectivity.

  • Emotional Architecture (Gestural Fragment V), 2017
    Glazed ceramic
  • Emotional Architecture (Gestural Fragment VII), 2017
    Glazed ceramic
  • Emotional Architecture (Gestural Fragment II), 2017
    Glazed ceramic
  • Emotional Architecture (Gestural Fragment VIII), 2017
    Glazed ceramic
  • Emotional Architecture (Gestural Fragment XI), 2017
  • Emotional Architecture (Gestural Fragment XVIII), 2017
    Glazed ceramic
    18 x 9.75 x 2 inches
  • Emotional Architecture (Gestural Fragment XII), 2017
    Glazed ceramic
    13 x 7 x 2.25 inches