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Cj Jilek

Cj Jilek - Flounce

Country: USA

visited in 2014

Workshop: Ceramics

Inspired by the sensuality of the natural world, I utilize botanical forms with their openly displayed reproductive elements as a metaphor for human sexuality. By creating abstracted flower blooms with layers of detail, my intentions are to inspire the viewer to explore the work in the same way one explores nature. Eliminating the presence of stems, leaves, and roots removes the physical context of the plants allowing the viewer to focus on the form specifically in terms of its sexuality. The exaggerated form of the stamens and pistils creates a visual language making direct correlations between the botanical forms and characteristics of the human body.  This mode of presentation is designed to lead the viewer to a subconscious association between nature and human instinct of attraction. Through my work I’m questioning ideas of beauty, attraction, eroticism, adaptation, and desire.

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