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Rainy Night
ceramic earthenware
11.5 x 11.5 x 1 in
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Contemplative, and enveloped in her own private space, with fading memories of loss and longing, she retreats to a hidden place. Melancholic and repressed, she succumbs in search of the womb. Dreams of days gone by, memories of the warmth and security of home and safekeeping, she remembers what it means to be in a place of safe refuge. In deep lamentation, she recoils into the fetal position, her sanctuary. Abandoned and confined, she is nourished, sustained and protected in her fertile haven.

These bas-reliefs were created individually from the live model. Handbuilt from a slab of earthenware or stoneware clay, they were sculpted by employing both the additive and subtractive methods of construction. The work is textured and stained, with multiple firings in an electric kiln.

Marsha Karagheusian
December 2011