Artist Statement

“My aim was to create an object that looked like two things at once…”

“Ultimately the time and effort spent working on the piece seemed to be the only detectable thing of value within it all.”

Caroline Slotte   |   Helsinki, Finland

An Object in Disguise

In working on The Tool at Hand piece, Waiting for a Miracle, thoughts of camouflage occupied me. My aim was to create an object that looked like two things at once, or rather, like two materials at once. I wanted the final piece to be recognized simultaneously as plastic and glazed ceramic—making it into a material impossibility, a miracle.

The absurdity of this gesture, of taking an object of no value and transforming it into another object of no value, served the function of directing attention to the process, to the manual labor involved. Ultimately the time and effort spent working on the piece seemed to be the only detectable thing of value within it all.