*Impossible Shapes (Paperweights) - Set A & Set B*, 2012, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, various dimensions

An impossible object is a 2-dimensional figure, which is instantly interpreted as a representation of a 3-dimensional object. Upon further inspection, we see that it is not geometrically possible for such an object to exist. This creates a contradiction, between what we perceive and what we know to be true, leaving the viewer in a state of Aporia. My practice deals very closely with the cognitive dissonance that occurs at moments where our mind fluctuates between intuition and logic. I want my work to exist in the superposition of these two states, so that this mindset can lead us to a higher understanding of the subject. By definition, an impossible shape is one that can not exist in real space, so to look at it is always confounding. In this series, I work directly within these spaces, to try to realize something that is unrealizable.

*Impossible Shape z*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 4 x 4.5 x 4.5 in.

*Impossible Shape bb*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 4 x 3.5 x 4 in.

*Impossible Shape h*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 3.5 x 4 x 4 in.

*Impossible Shape o*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 4 x 3.5 x 4 in.

*Impossible Shape k*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 4 x 4 x 4 in.

*Impossible Shape p*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 1 x 3.5 x 4 in.

*Impossible Shape j*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 4.5 x 4.5 x 3 in.

*Impossible Shape b*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 4 x 3.5 x 4 in.

*Impossible Shape e*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 4 x 2 x 2 in.

*Impossible Shape u*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 4 x 3.5 x 4 in.

*Impossible Shape g*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 4 x 3.5 x 3.5 in.

*Impossible Shape n*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 2.5 x 3.5 x 2.5 in.

*Impossible Shape c*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 4.5 x 3 x 3 in.

*Impossible Shape y*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 2 x 4 x 3 in.

*Impossible Shape aa*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 4 x 3.5 x 4 in.

*Impossible Shape w*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 4 x 3.5 x 4 in.

*Impossible Shape m*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 4.5 x 4.5 x 4.5 in.

*Impossible Shape d*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 1 x 3.5 x 3.5 in.

*Impossible Shape t*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 4 x 4.5 x 3 in.

*Impossible Shapes (Paperweights) - Set A & Set B*, 2012, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, various dimensions

An impossible object is a 2-dimensional figure, which is instantly interpreted as a representation of a 3-dimensional object. Upon further inspection, we see that it is not geometrically possible for such an object to exist. This creates a contradiction, between what we perceive and what we know to be true, leaving the viewer in a state of Aporia. My practice deals very closely with the cognitive dissonance that occurs at moments where our mind fluctuates between intuition and logic. I want my work to exist in the superposition of these two states, so that this mindset can lead us to a higher understanding of the subject. By definition, an impossible shape is one that can not exist in real space, so to look at it is always confounding. In this series, I work directly within these spaces, to try to realize something that is unrealizable.

*Impossible Shape z*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 4 x 4.5 x 4.5 in.

*Impossible Shape bb*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 4 x 3.5 x 4 in.

*Impossible Shape h*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 3.5 x 4 x 4 in.

*Impossible Shape o*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 4 x 3.5 x 4 in.

*Impossible Shape k*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 4 x 4 x 4 in.

*Impossible Shape p*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 1 x 3.5 x 4 in.

*Impossible Shape j*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 4.5 x 4.5 x 3 in.

*Impossible Shape b*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 4 x 3.5 x 4 in.

*Impossible Shape e*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 4 x 2 x 2 in.

*Impossible Shape u*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 4 x 3.5 x 4 in.

*Impossible Shape g*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 4 x 3.5 x 3.5 in.

*Impossible Shape n*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 2.5 x 3.5 x 2.5 in.

*Impossible Shape c*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 4.5 x 3 x 3 in.

*Impossible Shape y*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 2 x 4 x 3 in.

*Impossible Shape aa*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 4 x 3.5 x 4 in.

*Impossible Shape w*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 4 x 3.5 x 4 in.

*Impossible Shape m*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 4.5 x 4.5 x 4.5 in.

*Impossible Shape d*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 1 x 3.5 x 3.5 in.

*Impossible Shape t*, 2011, Clay (Raku fired) with glaze, 4 x 4.5 x 3 in.