Bottomless Vessels address the question of the life’s grounding place. The foundations of one’s stretching out in the world are routinely the understandings of normality, taught, defined and implemented from the outside world. We question them rarely, but accept as normal and objective truths to live by, although they, as everything there is, are nothing more than subjective decisions, made without our consent. What if i begin to build my vessel: space of dwelling, without the bottom, without repeating the solid, known, the-all-the-same-all-the-time stable and boring, so many times repeated grounding structures? If i follow my individual expression: my own unique way? Building from the absent and unknown grounds, the form may crack and crumble down, but it may result in the new form, a new space, something never seen before. Building from the scratch calls for the inner quest and for the decision of choosing the responsibility of who and how i am. Making a choice is always and already a decision of not hiding behind anyone’s back any more. And there has been no better time for that than this moment.
Ivana Petan, born in 1974 in Zagreb, Croatia, living in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Since 2007 primarily focused on ceramics, working as independent artist, recognized and supported by the Ministry of Culture of Slovenia. Besides ceramics, she is deeply involved in Geoculture projects. Collaborated in national and international group exhibitions, in workshops and symposiums. Had solo exhibitions in Slovenia and abroad. Gained few awards, Special Mentions and Recognitions. Beside her own ceramic creation, she also gives courses and workshops in Slovenia and abroad. In her work., she is mainly focused on the primal quality of the clay itself, on its texture and surface, on organic forms and the space they embody and bring to life. Her exploration is a meditation and reflection on the themes which rise from the inner questioning about her outer and inner spaces and qualities, interwined with the wholeness of all visible and invisible there is.