Dina González Mascaró: Vessels are Never Empty
text by Joelle Ciona for East Van Ceramics Monthly
Dina Gonzalez Mascaro: A drive to build / constructure
Structures of all kinds surround and influence the work of DinaGM. The structures we create, the structures that shape who we are, structures of architecture, space, even time. And so she builds, assembles and accumulates… In her latest work the structures support and frame hand built ceramic vessels.
The vessel is never empty; there is a metaphysical body inside. A void, the unknown, the mysteries of death… absent bodies held within a ceramic form where texture expresses movement and balance is imbalanced.
Not pre-meditiated, these vessels rise up in the moment as DinaGM acts to capture the movement of a soul that is no longer present. The vessels are containers of memories, they are spirits pushing to move their viewers.
Or approach from another viewpoint and the vessels are large organs, stomachs, hearts, processors of life. Or they are torsos or cocoons, awaiting transformation.
Empty or Full, Spirit or Body, Dina GM’s objects look back at us asking for a response.