"Murmuration" by Aimee Papazian "Murmuration" by Aimee Papazian
"Murmuration (with Stripe)" by Aimee Papazian "Murmuration (with Stripe)" by Aimee Papazian
"Wandering Uterus Constellation" by Aimee Papazian "Wandering Uterus Constellation" by Aimee Papazian
"Celestial Bodies" by Aimee Papazian "Celestial Bodies" by Aimee Papazian
"Murmuration" by Aimee Papazian"Murmuration (with Stripe)" by Aimee Papazian"Wandering Uterus Constellation" by Aimee Papazian"Celestial Bodies" by Aimee Papazian

Murmuration

Black porcelain, wood, wire, hardware

48″ x 24″ x 52″

Murmuration (with Stripe)

Black porcelain, stoneware, wire, wood, pegboard, hardware

96″ x 45″ x 60″

Wandering Uterus Constellation

MDF, ceramic, gold luster, wire, thread

4′ diameter

Celestial Bodies

MDF, ceramic, gold luster, wire, thread

8′ diameter

Aimée Papazian

Made out of ceramic, thread, wire, and wood, the work is an investigation of phenomena that make my heart lift for a second – lately, constellations and murmurations (flocks of birds). A long-running theme has been anatomy, which for me is a reminder both of mortality and also of the strong similarity that all people share under their skin.

The practice itself is often an exercise in accretion – the accumulation of tiny parts that transform into much larger whole.

Communication, or making myself understood, is something I struggle with. The work is an attempt to find a more satisfying language, a lexicon of birds and stars, and also of clouds, dark masses, and viscera. Constellations are a historical record of that impulse to make something make sense – literally connecting the dots to assign the meaning.

All the work is about time, in some way. The murmurations or bird groupings are a freeze frame, the constellations are a nod to deep time, the organs are tiny, fragile, and gold — a way to acknowledge the plumbing that will ultimately stop working at some point. Ceramic is dirt, dust — like the stars, like us. Ceramic also has the potential to last for thousands of years, offering a toehold into disrupting the scale of time afforded to most humans.