Originally influenced by the nostalgic 1970s toy the “Pet Rock”, these biomorphic forms are also inspired by the body’s soft curves, my interpretation of the amorphous possibilities of queer-abstraction.
The Pet Rocks are organic ceramic sculptures that sit nested near each other. Contour lines, concentrically arranged like a topographical map, are carefully carved across the surface of each one. These lines define the organic form, further highlighting the contrast between the convexities and concavities of the structures. The repetition of these lines helps to create a textural pattern and further integrates the surface with the form itself. The carved and the convex lines generated by division of the physical surface naturally create contrast, but they also work together to follow and highlight the shape of the form, becoming a physical representation of the common queer experience, balancing safely being oneself while surviving within our current political climate.
In this installation, the Pet Rocks work together to create energy and excitement in an otherwise quiet, white box.