Manson currently  lives and works in Bedford Hills, NY. 

Manson currently  lives and works in Bedford Hills, NY. 

I use porcelain in combination with epoxy, metal and resin to build forms out of thousands of small parts. The repetitive gesture of making porcelain bones is an act of meditation. Bones serve as a look underneath our skin at the enduring structure that all humans share—a reminder of our limited time together. Throughout our lifetimes, our bones grow, break, withstand tension and scar. What terrifies us is that, rather than leaving behind traces of our struggles and accomplishments, all we may leave behind are our bones. My work aims to convey a society that is often chaotic, sometimes empowered, teetering on the edge of uncertainty, and, at our best, joined by interlocking hands and minds.

Clay is a challenging medium—simultaneously fluid, fragile and stubborn. Its threat of collapse forces me to improvise and invent solutions. Paint over glaze over pigmented porcelain accumulates layers of color that break through the overwhelming silence of whiteness that, from afar, appears to pervade form. At the scale of a fingernail, through the window of a blue streak, lies an orange glimmer that embodies expression and refuses to be extinguished. Globs of adhesive leak from internal structures suggesting bodily fluid and honoring hints of the process. Material and color—triumphant comrades—steadily and subtly overtake a chromophobic notion that falsely promises supremacy and denies femininity, ethnicity and authenticity.

Of all the shapes, the sphere is the most emotionally resonant. With no beginning and no end, its stable form functions as a memorial to the Earth. When people see the Earth from space, they often experience a psychological phenomenon called “The Overview Effect.” Feelings of deep love and concern for our planet reportedly wash over them, melting away concerns for national boundaries and commanding them to unite a global society. Through the union of bones, I want the spheres that I build to impart this sense of delicate integration upon my viewer. Ostensibly delicate, yet formidable as the sum of its molecules, the sphere embodies oneness.

 

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