Hannah Verlin
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Nest Eggs
The ceramic egg forms of Nest Eggs grow in clusters mimicking cairns used to mark graves. Cracked and rough, the eggs suggest desiccated bones or fossilized dinosaur eggs rather than birth and fertility. Instead of containing life, black ash and coal fill the eggs. The coal inside the eggs was set on fire during the opening of the exhibition, giving them a charred look. The flames gave an element of life and vitality to the forms that otherwise seem so lifeless. The juxtaposition of life and death suggest the former lives hiding underneath the gravestones of the historic North Burial Ground in Providence, RI where the installation was located.