New Manifold member Tessa uses various hand-building methods to create complex, curious and ambiguous sculptures where overlooked details of microscopic arrangements are revealed. She aims to fix ungraspable states of fleeting cloud formations, representing the ideal and perishable, doom and fantasy. The otherworldliness of natural phenomena transports one away from the mundane, allowing fixed ceramic form to appear alive.
The dynamism produced when repetitive parts in growing systems mutate suggests awareness of life's impermanence. Grouping pieces enhances their persona as the tense dialogue breeds an atmosphere of congruence and conflict.
The shift from geometry, irregularity, order to chaos raises questions about emotional transience. The voluminous expanding clouds and harsh meshes revealing internal space lends a physicality to the work where the void is celebrated as a life force.
Time is devoted to glaze testing and multiple firing so that equally through use of rich glaze surface and form, pieces develop depth of character.