Joy Sanchez works in sculpture, performance and sound objects. Her BFA project, Ceramic Fortress is a reaction to the limitations that COVID-19 has imposed on her studio practice and social connections. The installation is simultaneously a document of this moment, a commentary, and the by-product of Sanchez’s attempt of self-care.
Sanchez utilizes the technique of pinching to fabricate this work because the repetitive action of pinching parallels meditation. One pinch at a time they build towers, walls, and landscapes. Each pinched form is a placeholder for the friends and cohorts who once contributed to the dynamic ecosystem of their shared ceramic studio. While the process aimed to provide protection and comfort, Sanchez notes that it also led to further isolation. Ceramic Fortress is thus a contradiction in progress.
Size varies: 6’’ x 5 ‘’ x 20’’ – 7’’ x 9’’ x 39 ‘’, Stoneware ^10 Reduction
Images by Jacob Barter