The Fine Line Between Symbiosis and Parasitism explored in a winding ceramic sculpture
Patricia Mato-Mora is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and has recently completed a residency at the European Ceramic Work Centre. Whilst there, she created The Fine Line Between (Symbiosis and Parasitism), an architectural installation at the work centre's new headquarters in Oisterwijk (NL).
Drawing upon her previous architectural training, Patricia has created the installation as a nod to the twist-fluted Solomonic columns, often found in European architecture. The sculpture wraps around the reinforced concrete shaft of one of the building’s columns, and the interaction between the column and the sculpture is duplicitous – at times it can seem symbiotic, drawing life from the architecture, while bringing a touch of musicality to the space – and in others, it may also appear to be choking its prey like a snake.
The Fine Line Between is made from individually press-moulded components, using four kinds of red clay specifically formulated by the artist during her stay at the EKWC, and colourful underglazes made with a high percentage of pigment. It is now part of the permanent collection of the European Ceramic Workcentre. Discover more at ecers.org.