Illusory Function: bringing value to the ordinary by Margarida Pereira

We have a visual expectation of tactility based on appearance before touching things. Our psychological response to a surface is dependent on a subjective association to its material. The objects I present reflect a material exploration that challenges our visual expectation of foam. It questions the boundaries between tactile and visual senses as the material is transformed into shapes that contain features recognized as soft, although sometimes hard in its final result.

Inspired by vase shapes, foam is brought to the context of the ceramic and treated in a refined way,  intending to enhance the beauty in it and this way bring new value. This material is interlaced or wrapped in handbuilt ceramic structures, based on craft techniques like basketry, becoming a form itself. A resin is applied in order to make it hard, keeping the illusion of a foamy feeling, but also as a way of preserving the foam and extend its lifetime.

It all started during my master studies here in Copenhagen at KADK when one of the teachers, Anne Tophøj, suggested us to sketch on materials such as foam. It was an extremely intuitive experience, to the point that I began to question myself: why not apply foam to a final product? and how can we bring value to an ordinary material not usually seen as beautiful? As an object, the jar has a strong decorative character associated with a familiar practice. Personally, the jar functions as a memory of my mother, who has a ritual of changing the flowers in the living room, this image has probably influenced me to create more of these objects. All the sponge I use in my work comes from the recycling centers here in  Copenhagen. Sustainability works as a premise in my work, it is very important for me to opt for a more conscious choice when producing objects.

Content Credit: © Margarida Pereira and Through Objects.

Images: © Margarida Pereira.

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