Allison Craver

Artist Statement

A primary interest in empathy and the singular body compels me to make objects. I am particularly concerned with the mundane objects that facilitate interactions between bodies and the environments they inhabit. Care giving and medical practices provide amplified examples of objects mediating our existence. A series of ambiguous porcelain forms, referential to domestic interiors, the folds of a body and various medical implements exist as objects of both psychological comfort and unease. Placed in proximity to a spool of thread, a sink drain, or a swath of rolled cotton, the ceramic forms engage in a visual conversation. Within this context, allusions to domestic life and textiles operate as metaphors for tenderness and familiarity, while references to medicine and institutional space imply uncertainty and alienation.