Meghan Sullivan

The significance of human existence can be found in ordinary interactions because our lives are made up of millions of small, seemingly insignificant moments. My figurative ceramic sculptures are observations of the emotional and psychological aspects of communication within these interactions. It is a contemplation of the dynamics of human connection and disconnection. Our personal relationships can be puzzling, contradictory and mercurial. There are layers of information in each person that color their interpretation of the world and of themselves. The sculptures dissect elements within each relationship by capturing moments within them. The complexities and the subtleties of interpersonal and intrapersonal dynamics can be observed in the prosaic and ordinary events. The work speaks to the quiet, intimate moments that occur in our lives. The sculptures become allegories for human vulnerability and fragility. This work is shaped by personal experiences, specifically of being a member of a large family growing up in an urban environment.  While my background has influenced the tone and content, it is not straightforward autobiography.  Each piece is part of a discursive inner narrative. One specific instance in a larger experience is used and extrapolated from in order to create the final composition. I am a storyteller. The journey of the story is as important as the destination. The imagined past history of the figures, although unknown, is as important to me as the present narrative. Therefore, while the conclusion may not be clear, the meaning of my work is found in the pondering of it.