Multiplicity in struggle: ceramic sculptures

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This project in artistic renditions captures the philosophies nature offers to mankind through the movement and behaviour of ants and uses it to create pieces suitable for explaining philosophies. Bringing diversity in design concepts from the environment and breaking monotony in the function of forms became a target of the project. This project adapted basic studio forming techniques in producing three large ceramic sculptures using slabs and throwing methods. Three works were produced titled Struggle for Food, Struggle for Wealth and Struggle for Knowledge. The artist’s analysis and evaluations shows that the aesthetic appeals of the sculptural pieces produced coupled with the concepts developed, promote meaningful responses to them. It also showcases multisectional arrangements of pieces using simple mechanisms of firing in smaller kilns as opposed to the size of the art work. The diversity in the development of philosophical forms in the production of ceramic pieces elude the monotony surrounding its existence and attracts enormous interests from viewers. The multi-sectional approach makes the works efficient in maintaining higher quality standards and in providing diversity in building large pieces. It is evident in this work, that the environment can provide enormous inspiration far above what have commonly been utilized by the artist into developing ideas and concepts for ceramics productions.
A project report submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfilment of the requirementfor the degree of Master Of Fine Art (Ceramics) Faculty of Art, College of Art and Built Environment.