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Lick
Abigail Kern, Advanced Ceramics
Handbuilt sculpture
Lick
Abigail Kern, Advanced Ceramics
Handbuilt sculpture
earthenware, glaze, oil paint

Behavior is an observable activity in human or animal. There is a difference between instinctive behavior and social behavior. I see social behavior as the way individuals interact with one another and culture at large in a society so heavily impacted by standards and stigmas. These social behaviors can sometimes contradict what may feel natural or instinctive to us as human beings. My sculpture explores these different social behaviors by examining stereotypes. I choose to make animals so I have the freedom to address whatever topic I choose, regardless of how taboo or uncomfortable it may be. Animals, while loved, are separate from humans. This allows me to delve into topics like gender roles, sexuality, or the physical body while still encapsulating the viewer in the appearance of the work. Sometimes the type of animal I make is important, and sometimes it isn’t. I don’t always make my creatures with one species in mind. This only enhances the freedom I have to play and create. The adorable quality of my work allows the viewer to feel affection towards the piece so they are already close when they realize the true nature of the content.