Nina Kawar

Growing Pains is a series of porcelain sculptures that embody personal growth as a complicated yet vulnerable transformation. The foundation of this work is grounded in healing, awareness and reflection on the temporality of this fragile life. Reminiscent of bones, these works are embedded with metal to highlight imperfections and expose their fractures. Symbolically they represent the core essence of the inner self and its resilience. Our body, mind and soul experience significant transitions in this lifetime. Whether wondrous or painful, such knowledge is a measurement of evolution and change. Just as our past is reminiscent of where we have been, we continue to progress as a collective and an individual.
 
 The porcelain and petrified wood used in this body of work further augments the notion of transformation. Porcelain is a material that endures multiple physical and chemical stages through drying and firing cycles, while the wood encounters many changes over a vast length of time. The materials are artifacts and memories of their process of change and its preservation.

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