Ceramic artist Gwendolyn Yoppolo makes functional ceramics in order to bring pause and human connection to our everyday lives. Many of her pieces are made to be used in the kitchen to prepare food and have multiple components, inviting several people to use them together. Yoppolo’s BA in sociology clearly influences her choices in form, function, and purpose. She compares actions from the kitchen to our internal action of processing food.
Yoppolo speaks of self nourishment in relation to her work, “How we choose to feed ourselves and others is connected not only to our sensations of hunger and gratification, but also to our deeper perceptions of ourselves, and of the larger stories we live by.”
There is a quiet space within Yoppolo’s work to give the user the ability to connect in their own way. She plays into the human subconscious’ feelings of desire and consumption by creating a physical experience focused on hunger and satiation. Yoppolo has very carefully considered her role as a ceramic artist. She understands that with the use of her creations comes physical and mental arousal that can further our awareness of the self.
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