Artwork Name: Manganism
Artist: Brett Beasley
Artwork Description : 18" W x 18" T x 9" D Mid-Range Stoneware Clay, Underglaze, Foaming Glaze, Manganese Bronze Glaze, Magnesium Crackle Glaze
Artist Statement: Through my sculptures, I reference the disguise of wellness. Internal damage is caused by a disease, but on the exterior, there is a deceptive rigid structure. The coil built framework is cloaked in a metallic bronze glaze to imply strength and integrity. Conversely, the interior geometric shapes erupt with a volcanic and reactive glaze suggestive of a growing illness. All the while, the entire piece is susceptible to destruction, as ceramics is fragile and easily broken if mistreated- similar to an ill patient. The vulnerability of a structure, whether it be the human body or a work of art can be an opportunity to express empathy and communication.