Catastasis Vase Form No. 16
Towers’ ceramic vase recovers notions of identity through off-cuttings of sexual and biological form, twisting and merging them into abstracts that might residually refer to the pomp or decadence of 18th century ceramic design in a contemporary fashion. The “Catastasis” series particularly seeks to maintain the integrity of the vase as its base whilst exploring these notions, the choice of scale specifically chosen to mirror average human heigh. The flute or neck of the vase is twisted and braided in a close proximity to hair or contorted flesh — the threaded stems of this particular item flourishing in lush ringlets that Towers affixes to notions of male virility and an erotic lure.