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Earth Shield is part of a new body of work to be presented on January 2nd, 2016. Brandi Lee has spent the last year working as a Post-Baccalaureate student in the Ceramic Arts at the University of Kansas.
Artist statement: "I make sculptures and vessels out of paper clay, plant material and press molded forms. I take weekly forays into a chipping yard to hunt for different species of plants with which to build my work; each day and each passing season brings different material and inspires new methods of building. I search for biomass that will provide texture and visual interest once dipped in a skin of clay and slipped together in a dense amalgamation. Branch by branch, I build complex webs of interactivity or connection points, akin to a natural system. I then fire my work, burning out the plant material and leaving it in a fragile state. During this time, my sculptures fracture and fragment. Similar to natural systems, they go through dynamic and unpredictable change. I then submerge the entire piece in glaze and fire them in a cradle of sand. When they emerge from the kiln, the viscous glaze coating solidifies the branches and unifies the connection points. They are transformed into state of permanent interconnectedness. “
       

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