The Space Between the Clinging and the Yearning
© 1994 Ginger Henry Geyer
glazed porcelain with platinum detail
Cling Wrap: 11 3/8” x 3” x 3 ¼” Foil: 11 ½” x 3” x 3 ¾”
Clinging. Denial. Repression. Stuffing problems in the freezer. This piece was brewing around these characteristics of mine when I came across a line in Walter Brueggemann's book, The Prophetic Imagination. He says, "The space between the clinging and the yearning is where Jesus' ministry happens."
A women's group helped me interpret this newly made work as we brainstormed about the boxes. One woman noted that the Cling Wrap, being transparent, represents the wrapped up past which we can clearly see unless we mess up the wrap. But when trying to see into the future, we usually just get a rumpled, glaring reflection of ourselves. Much like using Reynolds freezer foil as a mirror.
These two pieces are to be played with, in light of Brueggemann’s quote. Move them around, concentrating on the space between the boxes. The boxes are battered, and create an irregular space, but you can shape that space. But first you have to get out of the name brand boxes and live in the present, the presence, the emptiness where there is just air...