Ceramics and Body Image


         Water, air and fire are constantly transforming the Earth. The ceramics process is a simulation of the geological transformation: the clay mixed with water is modeled, dried and then fired at high temperatures (from 900 to 1300 °C). For the artist, Ceramics has a direct relationship with the planet and the human body.

           Through his hands, the artist expresses his thoughts, ideas and emotions, modeling the ceramic body (clay) and creating works that depict a concrete moment of life. The pain, joy, anguish, happiness, wishes, traumas and dreams are subtly transferred to his work.


The Body Image


  "Image of the human figuration is understood as the body formed in our mind, that is, the way in which the body is presented to us." Paul Schilder[1].

Each type of body contains something about ourselves: erotic, sexual, sensual, vulgar, repulsive, contemplative, manipulate, jointed are some of the bodies revealed by Art. The representation of the body, or its image, always has something about ourselves or the other.

  Thus, the artist has multiple roles in this scenario presented by the Art, from the role of a voyeur to an anatomist, and mainly as a "god", who creates and manipulates the body and can also transform the experience of this body in an aesthetic effect.                
"Seeking the reason for my fascination with the body theme, I set a battle with myself, through ceramics, shaping, cutting, brushing different colors, printing on the ceramic surface and transforming by fire, perpetuates the gesture performed by my hands.” Sivia Tagusagawa




[1] SCHILDER, Paul. The body image: The constructive energy of psyche. Sao Paulo: Ed. Martins Fontes, 2000.


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