Xiomara Babilonia-Still

The loss of something vital to your being is debilitating. The sense of hopelessness wrestles with the reality that life must go on.  The force of the pain builds up until at last…its released.  Into the clay it goes, over and over again, container after container, casting after casting, over and over again.

My work is the result of the compulsive process in which I create objects.  This ritual-like method has been crucial in facilitating healing after my loss.  The mimetic quality of my containers, juxtaposed with the bare outer shell of slip-cast elements, create a surreal atmosphere of objects occupying a space of what they once used to be.  The shards, perforations, and haphazard appearance replicate the eagerness with which one tries to hold on to something that is no longer there; treasured recollections which diminish with the passing of time.

Artist statement

“The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purposes through him.  As a human being he may have moods and a will and personal aims, but as an artist he is “man” in a higher sense - he is “collective man,” a vehicle and moulder of the unconscious psychic life of mankind.” - Carl Jung (from Psychology and Literature, 1930)

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