The Delaplaine Arts Center Presents Christopher Corson Visible

By Editorial Team on January 12, 2021
Courtesy of The Delaplaine Arts Center.
Currently on view through February 28, 2021.

Themes such as consciousness, empathy, and relationship inform Corson’s sculptural work. The pit-fired stoneware clay holds depth and dimension in the emotional content in each form.

Chris’s artist statement in the exhibition:

“When I sculpt wet clay into human form, I have two articles of faith. The first is that our physical selves develop under the influence of the same forces that shape personality and character, physically manifesting our emotional make-up. Our bodies always express who we are, what we have come through, and even what we may become.

Second, I believe that everyone, deep inside, contains the full emotional range of the human condition. We admit to a small slice as our identity. But underneath, there is always the common pool. I think that is where we source empathy and relationship. When I make my figures, I want to be reaching deep inside myself to this common pool, so that my figures, which are very personal to me, can also partake of the universal.

Once shaped, my figures need surfaces that are equally evocative. I use the ancient method of pit-firing, which involves burying and burning my figures in a trench filled with sawdust. As the fire smolders down around the figures, their ceramic skins take on rich earthy tones that seem to come from within, co-expressing the emotion of my forms.”

Click here to view the virtual exhibition.