Acculturative Jars | 2017
Porcelain, 40 x 70 x 25 cm.Germany.
The work acculturative Jars looks like artificial figures of models of digestive organs from anthropotomical pictures. The surface is evenly glazed and non-porous looking, made of porcelain by slip casting technique with plaster mold, so it has a volume, but is empty inside. Through the material properties, vulnerability, solidity, and emptiness are embodied in how our body endures tension and emotion in terms of acculturation stress¹ and how it requires a constant flow of physical energy and an individual effort.
The work is designed for a useful purpose so that it is available to contain food or other materials. The four-part; big intestine, small intestine, stomach, the liver is a set of this work and it can be presented in separate tables.
I present my work on the table and it should be treated in a careful way with gloves.
¹ Berry, John W, Phinney. Jean S, Sam, David L. Vedder, Paul, Immigrant Youth: Acculturation, Identity, and Adaptation, Applied Psychology, [Online: Pdf ], doi:10.1111/j.1464-0597, 2006, p. 303–332
“Acculturative stresses of immigrants relate to their experiences of acculturation.”¹ Stressors can include but are not limited to the pressures of learning a new language, maintaining one’s native language, balancing differing cultural values, and negotiating between native and host differences in acceptable social behaviors. It is an experience requiring a constant stream of bodily energy and both an individual and familial endeavor involving enduring loneliness.