Aleisa Miksad’s Aglaope is constructed from hundreds of textured coils, with spiked growths adorning its sides.
In Aleisa Miksad’s Ritual Madness exhibition, the series of maximalist ceramic sculptures explores the rich symbolism of Dionysus (the ancient Greek god of wine, fertility, festivity, ritual madness, religious ecstasy and theatre) alongside themes of duality, abundance and excess.
Evoking early coil pots (a traditional method of building ceramic vessels, made by building up sides of pots with successive ropes of clay in a circular pattern) Aleisa coil-builds her vessels from stoneware and porcelain clay bodies. The form emerges slowly over the course of a few days as she works. Adornments such as spiked collars, lips and ruffled bottoms are added once the vessel is completed. The forms are then bisque fired and sometimes under glazed before the final firing.
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