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  • Lori-Ann Touchette

Meet Tammie Rubin

Tammie Rubin AIR 2017 description of the works which she presented for her exhibition is eloquent and intriguing: “My ceramic sculptures investigate the tensions between the readymade and the handcrafted object. Sculptures are intensely colored, technically complex, and ornamented cloned assemblages of everyday objects. Appropriating familiar shapes I make them into unfamiliar relics: surreal, dark, playful and sensual. My sculptures play with the form’s connotations, introducing what I call “magical thinking,” or an ability to cross over between different registers of thought, so that a form can metamorphose from, say, a commodity, to a religious object, to an anthropomorphized object. I am interested in how forms, abstracted from any particular use of them, allow the mind to wander freely over a range of associations, to skip magically between different categories of experience. During my c.r.e.t.a. rome residency, I continued to explore conical forms, which suggests ways of transmitting or filtering, and has many associations including the dunce cap, traffic cones, stupas, and church steeples. Here the cones reference hoods worn by groups such as the white supremacist Klu Klux Klan, to the brothers of the Nazarene, images of wizards to Mardi gras parade participants to shaman. The common denominator is the utilization of costuming as means of pageantry, uniformity, concealment, ritual, and power.”

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