Lisa G Westheimer

Part of the Vanishing Worlds virtual gallery.

On the Edge of the Broken City: I created this piece after the earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Its name is a direct quote in a report of the devastation I heard on the radio. This disaster sparked my desire to address natural disaster in my work, and to express my distress at witnessing catastrophe and devastation that I am completely helpless in aiding, and my desire to help, even if it is only to chronicle it in my work.

Sponge Lamp: A recurring theme in my work is aquatic life. Much of my forms are encrusted with textural patterns reminiscent of reefs. Currently reef all over the world are endangered and dying, mainly from toxicity caused by humans and global warming of oceans. I hope and pray that my forms do not become a record of a living wonder that becomes extinct because of human impact.

 

On the Edge of the Broken City

2010

Ceramic, Raku fired stoneware

11″ x 14.5″ x 10.5″

Courtesy of Artist

$1,250

 

Sponge Lamp

2016

Porcelain, dichroic glass

12″ x 7″ x 7″ (irregular)

Courtesy of the Artist

$750

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