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J. Paul Fennell

Artist Statement


The vessel form is intriguing to me in that it is a common artifact of humanity, timeless and ubiquitous culturally. When these artifacts are discovered or unearthed, we learn much from societies of the past because of their particular form and unpretentious embellishment of cultural symbols, sacred icons and images that were important to them in their everyday lives. It seems natural to me to follow this path of creating work—through form, embellishment and narrative—that relates similarly but uniquely to my own experiences, relationships, beliefs and things that are personally significant.

Coral Sea

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