Natalie Rae Good Edifice, 2021 Stoneware and porcelain with iron hook Dimensions variable
Natalie Rae Good’s ceramic chain mail compositions address the complicated nature of possession and power. Good uses traditional weaving patterns from the Middle Ages to create ceramic sculptures that are suspended from hand forged iron hooks. The chains themselves hold a multiplicity of contradictory meanings: in one sense, bonding implies protection, mutuality, strength; in another, restriction and punishment. The tension between the durable forms and the fragile materials points to the illusionary yet powerful nature of control, domination, social hierarchies, as well as security and unity. "Things often are not what they seem," says Good, "There is inherent fragility in all human projects and these ceramic meditations shed light on these truths."
Edifice is approximately 44 inches long and is displayed with the included hand forged iron hook. The large stoneware chain links which are approximately 3 x 2 inches each are brown and grey and have an unglazed matte texture. The smaller porcelain links which hang below are a soft pink color.
Formally a Marfa, Texas resident, Natalie Rae Good lives and works in New Mexico.