Maria Wickwire

I work with the most elemental of materials: clay, story, and human form. Clay is the oldest material we humans have used to express ourselves. Perhaps only our stories are older. And even before we began to tell our stories, there were our bodies, standing as witness to our lives and recording every experience in the cells of our bodies, the way the rings of a tree record its life story. By tracing the rings, a person can map the growth of the tree -- the years of draught, fire, and flourishing. The markings on my sculptural forms express how life writes its story into our bodies, which we could also read in each other, if we only knew how to look.

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