Adventures & Curation

Posted on: May 4, 2018
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Adventures & Curation is part of Flourish, 2018 BFA Thesis Exhibition at Maine College of Art. Michele Jaffarian handmade all ceramic works within the installation. Set in and on raw pine box shelves, arranged in order of the elevation of a mountain; snowy on top, birch bark mid way and lively bees on the bottom, all come together to give a major "mountain like" presence. Michele hopes to give viewers a moment of Affect, to spark their own memories of being within nature.

Michele Jaffarian

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BFA Student

Major: Ceramics

Graduation Year: 2018

Artist Statement:

Caught in nature’s elegance for inspirations, such as landscapes, and mountains; I am creating functional and sculptural ceramic works that are handcrafted to portray the soulful, loving and angelic connection I experience with both ways of life. Using my drawing skills, I incorporate nature by using surface illustrations and subtractive carving to bring the reiterations of nature to life on various functional ceramics. In addition to functional pieces, I also bring nature to life with sculptural ceramics. A major factor in my practice and in the essence of my work, is making it with only one normal hand and learning to use my deformed hand within my practice. In turn, making my practice work for my body, allowing what I created to hold my hand of the artist mark, within each and every piece is a crucial essence and presence for which I hope my audience connects with.
All works are made with high fire porcelain clay and are oxidation fired to ensure the crisp, clean, quality of the white porcelain.