Jordann Siri Wood
I make medium-sized ceramic sculptures with a wide variety of colorful glazes and surface treatments. My forms are made by joining individual parts that have been built from hand-rolled slabs of clay as well as press molds. The clay forms are cut in sections and joined together to form hollow, bulbous, chunky, fluid, geometric and sometimes repetitive shapes.

Growing up in Arizona, the only thing I knew about flowers was from TV gardening shows that took place in faraway, much greener terrains. It seemed easier to grow a garden on the moon than in the desert that surrounded me. This deprivation resulted in a lifetime appreciation of the elusive lilacs, tulips, and roses that I knew existed outside of the patterns on my mother’s nightgowns.

Flowers have a brief moment of beauty and the ephemeral quality of the flower is transcended, stylized and made permanent in our many floral accessories. My ceramic sculptures are a response to artificial floral decoration. From parade floats, to costume jewelry, to the piping on a wedding cake, I'm interested in excess and abundance. My aesthetic celebrates bigger chunkier design that is highly stylized and the evolution of both the elegance of streamlined shapes and the kitsch of flamboyance. Bows, sunbursts, and free flowing curves all find their place in the cornucopia of shapes that combine the harshness of mass production with the sensitivity of art and design.

For me there is a satisfying feeling of volume to the pieces. Despite the medium, they appear soft like they have been stuffed and preserved reminding me of the puffiness of cacti. In many ways succulent best reflects the amazing architecture of plant biology. The stew of influences that informs my artwork actually includes some aspects of the Arizona desert after all.