Jacqueline Tse - My Candy Nightmares
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New porcelain works by sculptor Jacqueline Tse.
From the Artist:
My work speaks to the anxieties of being human, particularly the dilemmas of everyday urban life. It is an ongoing exploration of shameless consumerism, both tangible and digital, to celebrate the beauty and flaws of this fragile condition.
I use a variety of sculpting techniques such as hand building, carving, plaster mold making, slip casting, and slip piping. Intricate porcelain confections are created with an irresistibly perturbing charm, resulting in a surreal dimension beyond dreams where sugar and fetus skulls are remixed into a delicate bittersweet pop narrative.
White is the color of death in Chinese culture, and this series of work is about the peace I have made towards my sugar addiction. The bare bone-like surfaces of the porcelain are meant to be evocative and peaceful at the same time. I also chose not to color my work because I find color very visually addictive, especially colors on smart phone screens. In the current fast pace digital world where we are constantly bombarded with messages of consumption throughout social media, I wanted to pull away from that distraction so the viewer can be present and focus on the details and form. Hiding behind the enchanting sugar surface are subliminal messages against the over indulgent contemporary society, and how I fell victim to this disease. To bring awareness that our desire for consumption is an escape from ourselves and inner truths. These works are fueled by my personal love-hate relationship with sugar and part memento mori. It is an ode to my obsessive and indulgent nature, childhood nostalgia, love of pastry arts, frustration, and ultimately, acceptance of my addiction to sugar.