Vessels

I use a 2000-year-old process to make objects that resemble a ubiquitous icon of contemporary life—the plastic bottle. While exploring a remote stretch of the U.S./Mexico border, I found two-liter bottles used to carry water—the most recent in a lineage of artifacts that remain from millennia of human travel through the region. I reconceptualize the plastic bottle to better represent its function as a precious object—a vessel—capable of sustaining human life. My hope is to illuminate the necessity that feeds ubiquity; to expose the porous nature of “borders” as well as the “nature” of art and pollution; to record my interest in the permeability of all things human, natural, and technological. By pulling the plastic bottle away from the profane and towards what we perceive to be beautiful or natural or sacred, I hope that human beings can find some forgiveness for ourselves and the things that we make, and seek to provide a space to contemplate both an ethical beauty as well as an ethics of beauty in the face of human need.