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A bad idea seems good again (Beirut)
Recent ceramic projects have focused on the visual evidence of war and the damage inflicted on communities. In projects such as a "A bad idea seems good again" I worked from fragments of information gathered from news sources to create sculptures depicting the destruction of cities in the Middle East. The sculptures are all hand built clay slab constructions of specific buildings bombed in recent conflicts. While the subject of this work focuses on the destruction caused by war, specifically the damage that civilians endure, it is equally impossible to ignore how strange and interesting these images of destroyed cities are. Modernity's presence can be seen in the gridded structures revealed in the destruction as well as the directional movements within the collapses themselves. It is also possible to see this work as a reflection on a failure in modernism, a failure to transform the Middle East into an image of ourselves.