3d printed and hand crafted, this glazed ceramic sculpture "Gerusalemme" -Jersualem in Italian- is so named as it was designed to be a physical realization of the depictions of Jerusalem that feature so often in the backgrounds of early Renaissance Italian paintings. Taking buildings that the artists were acquainted with from their European home towns, they would extrude them to fanciful proportions and heights, and by giving them a golden hue, render them exotic, and yet familiar enough, to be the inspiring image of a land and time worth longing after. Gerusalemme is a return to the representations of an imaginary past through the physical technology of the future.
A commission for the show "A Tipping Point" at the NCC in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2016
Photo by Peter Lee, courtesy of the Northern Clay Center