Lauren Sandler
Bird's Eye View
2016
My family’s home burned to the ground. Here is a video of a tile project I began as resident artist at Hurleyville Maker's Lab at The Center for Discovery. This is the result and collaboration with my partner Erica Ganzell who wrote the poem.

This ekphrastic ceramic video poem amplifies demonstration and documentation, conjoins process and product, moves the spectator to collaborator through a fusion of nature and technology, hand and machine, a hybrid of word, clay, image and sound. Form reflects content, out of fire comes ash, from destruction emerges creation.

The fire destroyed the frame, contents, and artifacts that held lives; a vessel of stories dismantled. It razed the partition between inside and outside and the myth of fixed boundaries. Surrounded by debris, a bird chirped, calling me to different ways of seeing, voices of perspective. I created this landscape, a reconfigured vessel of reimagined recollections.

Video poem of pit-fired earthenware tiles with laser-cut audio waves of my home fire and lone bird in the ashes.
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