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Christine Orr

Our bodies have an innate understanding of vessels. We relate handles to our own hands; to our own ability to grasp. Vessels can be traced back as markers for the history of how humans have evolved.

Rather than exploring vessels specifically, my work considers our global relationship to the vessel and how humanity and vessels have coevolved. I am looking at vessels through a global lens and not focusing on one tradition.

My practice intentionally blurs the line between utility and sculpture and speaks to the notion of how we experience utilitarian objects through our senses. We gather content from our understanding of what a utilitarian vessel is or can be. When we look at a sculpture that has a handle or an opening or some type of familiar indication that suggests it is a vessel, our human brain puts it in the category of “use” and “vessel”. My work challenges that belief and asks the viewer to work a bit harder to consider alternatives.