Utility of Running Water

Posted on: May 3, 2017
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This work is a representation of a bathroom. It is built with materials,(paper, cardboard, clothes pins), that we in the West are familiar with, as well as the objects they come to mimic.

Manipulating these materials, and removing their original utility, I hope to meditate on our performance with these objects; our rituals in our spaces, and how that is recorded within physical objects.

Jo Hatlevig

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BFA Student

Major: Ceramics

Graduation Year: 2017

Artist Statement:

In my practice I meditate on human understanding of the physical world through affective ritual with self and other bodies within space. I spend time observing the physical construction of public and private spaces their cultural implications. What I notice about the material and semiotic qualities of these spaces I mimic and manipulate in my installations. I collect and reinterpret refuse, to question why we structure our lives and surroundings the way we do. Morning toilette reveals not only a lot about the identity politics of the individual performing it, but the cultural and physical climate of the environment outside the private bathroom. It is a place for physical care and connection with body as well as a place to prepare for presentation in public. In this way our mundane rituals are the meeting place of our physical and semiotic understanding of ourselves.