A Temporary Victory MFA Ceramics 2014 Installation

Hawk, Hawthorn, Kangaroo, North Melbourne Kangaroo, MFA, Indiana University, Indiana, Tailgate, Swan, Sydney Swan, AFL, Australian Rules, Australian Rules Football

Presently, my sculptures use human-sized ceramic animal heads combined with found objects to examine cultural identity rituals and symbols. I am inspired by the social aspects of sport – specifically observation of others tailgating in Bloomington and the experience I’ve lived as an off-again, on-again sports fan in Melbourne, Australia. The active social rituals of sport are what draw me to it, beyond a basic admiration and identification with the sports team. I interpret a devotional experience of human bonding in repetitive community rituals like barbecuing, drinking, attending games, singing team songs and discussing tactics post-match.

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