The “American Dream” is an ideal that is different for every person and changes and evolves throughout history. However the traditional notion … Read More
The “American Dream” is an ideal that is different for every person and changes and evolves throughout history. However the traditional notion of obtaining the American dream can be boiled down to having a well-paying job, a car, and a nice home. For the undocumented immigrant, being able to send monetary remittances back to their families in their native countries becomes the rationale for immigrating to the U.S. In a dire situation, an undocumented mother may plan to have her unborn child within the U.S so that her child will gain birth-rite citizenship. In this instance, the American Dream is the ability to be an American citizen and the ability to be able to provide for the basic needs of a distant family.
The unique function of this vessel allows for two materials to be interwoven enclosing the larger opening of the vessel as porcelain figures representing a dying mother giving birth to her child are displayed on the inside of this form resting upon a pile of torn jeans. The mother is laying down with her womb open as a child is presented in the fetal position looking through the smaller opening of the vessel. The interaction between the barbed wire and torn jeans reference the concept of struggle and the dire situation of an undocumented female giving birth to her child in the U.S as the jagged edges of the strips of jeans seem to be torn by the barbed wire. The attempt of obtaining birth-rite citizenship for your child exemplifies the will of the mother to give their child a better life. Furthermore, the outside of the form is textured from smacking the outside of the form while the clay was leatherhard with a wooden stick. A black high fire underglaze is applied and wiped away in order to emphasize the marks left behind from the wooden stick. This texture works well with the material implications of the barbed wire and torn jeans in order to express the affliction of the undocumented worker in order to provide a better life for their children.
This vessel is placed on a triangular stand made from pallet wood. The fragmented and broken pieces of wood that are used to support the structure, as well as the exposed nails on the main triangular frame allude to a ladder and or wooden fence. The interplay between the vessel sitting upon a form which is reminiscent of a broken ladder or fence interjects the concept of a laborious and dangerous journey across the border. The base is simply constructed with a minimal amount of wood used. The structure seems weak and not sturdy compared to the large and rounded coil vessel. This structural and visual unease that the stand creates for this vessel works well with the unsettling imagery of a child confronting the viewer from his dying mother’s womb. Through the usage of materials such as torn jeans and barbed wire as well as the stand created from pallet wood help to illustrate the narrative and concept of a mother giving her life away so that her child could become a U.S citizen. Read Less