"Memories are intangible and fleeting.
With the help of ceramics, my memories get a more tangible representation.
Through copying and recreating, I know more about myself."
Creamy Mami turns Topsy Turvy
Creamy Mami is a surreal piece of artwork featuring a pre-adolescent girl, whom by divine intervention receives supernatural powers that can allow her, at any time by a whisk of her magic wand, become a glamorous, mini-skirted Pop-star! Beyond its immediate “everyday-little-girl-turns-princess” message, I always wondered why Creamy Mami was represented in such a way. Are the objects shown actually that far away or are they mere illusions?
Instead of making an exact replica of an object, I decided to reduce the animation to its most primitive appearance. Cartoons often come in gray-tones printed on newsprint. By taking the color out of the entire picture, I return Creamy Mami to its most basic form. While light will cast a natural shadow, I decided to play with the animators’ notion of light and shadow and distorted the scene further by artificially attaching 3-D “shadows” to my figurines.
Perhaps in this form, memories will not be as fleeting and intangible. With the help of clay, my memories of childhood get a more physical representation.