CJ Jilek’s biomorphic ceramic forms seemed like a fitting complement to yesterday’s post about Linda Threadgill’s fantastical flower brooches. Both artists create bold statement pieces and use botanical forms as a stepping off point in their work.
Inspired by the sensuality of the natural world, Jilek’s porcelain and mixed media sculptures question ideas of beauty, attraction and desire. She recognized that the easily viewed reproductive elements of botanical forms serve as a metaphor for human sexuality, thus coaxing the viewer to explore these ideas using a universal visual language. The forms are bold and beautiful.
“Eliminating the presence of stems, leaves, and roots removes the physical context of the plants allowing the viewer to focus on the form specifically in terms of its sexuality. The exaggerated form of the stamens and pistils creates a visual language making direct correlations between the botanical forms and characteristics of the human body. These biomorphic forms are designed to lead the viewer to a subconscious association between nature and human instinct of attraction.”
CJ Jilek’s website
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