“You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand”
-The Velveteen Rabbit
The University of Miami presents Becomings, a Master of Fine Arts exhibition by Elizabeth Guignino. Becomings features a cohesive ceramic installation consisting of numerous gestural vessels and haphazardly toppled wooden pedestals. The vessels are in essence the artist’s surrogate self-portraiture in the moments of creation. Once they are placed within the display setting, the intent is that they become projections of the audience’s experience and their own psychological state. Each vessel has a unique posture and implied movement. Through form, gesture, and the physical manipulation of the vessels in the space, Becomings is able spark the imagination of the viewer as they relate to the active playfulness of what they see through emotion and memory. Ultimately, what results is an amalgamation of intuitive anthropomorphic vessel and intermediate space into which the artist has asked the viewer to pour themselves.