Porcelain Sculptures by Rachel Kneebone
A fleeting narrative of the fractured white porcelain figures of Rachel Kneebone’s sculptures push the viewer to interact with fluctuating forms to understand their complexity. The sculptures have a shifting sense of weight; from sturdy and heavy like its Renaissance roots, to fragile and light.
Allowing the porcelain to fracture in the kiln, Kneebone furthers the altering of the individual form by allowing these events to happen spontaneously. This process allows the work to return to the organic state while morphing into a violent entanglement. Two of her largest works, 399 Days and The Descent,highlight her interest in themes of death, life, renewal, and life cycles from their scaling size and repetition of human forms. Even with the larger works, one has to also experience the work on a micro level to grasp the works underlying themes which are seen throughout her art making history.