Kenophobia refers to the fear of voids and empty spaces. In visual arts, it relates to Horror Vacui – “The fear of emptiness” as the direct translation from Latin. Horror Vacui is considered a stylistic tendency in art, where the response is to fill out the entire surface of an artwork with excessive detail. The tendency spans all the way back to Mesopotamian times. I find it interesting to investigate this psychological drive and the material within it.
Kenophobia is a duo of oversized and excessively painted heads. In their materiality, they embody horror vacui, in one level in terms of their surface, in another though as empty clay vessels. Synthesis and decompose. This suspense and tension open a dialogue that I find intrinsic to how we deal with life and death.
Published in Glass & Ceramics