Ben Jordan

My work explores the complex social geography of modern society and the intricate relationship between mankind and the environment. My ceramic sculpture serves as a metaphor for a wider global panorama of political power and industrial production. I am currently exploring the lineage of manifest destiny, from its beginnings in Europe to westward expansion in America, to forms it has taken in modern America. These ceramic forms serve as the conceptual grounds upon which to explore industry and culture. In my work I simultaneously celebrate the history of the pastoral life while questioning the ideologies of modern society. Through hand-labor, contemplative making, and a reverence for tradition, I aim to explore both interrelated and divergent human perceptions using clay as my primary medium.

Jennifer Datchuk _ Justin Donofrio _ Kirk Jackson _ Ben Jordan _ Beth Lo _ Renee LoPresti _ Ryan McKerley _ Melissa Mencini _ Lisa Orr _ Scott Proctor _ Claudia Reese _ Matthew Schiemann _ Keith Simpson _ James Tingey

funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts
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