Christopher Fortin


Remember Troy by Christopher Fortin


Hands are an amazing and universal form of humanity.  They can show us who we are, and what we have done.  They connect us to the earth and allow us to create almost any physical object. They are extremely versatile in the variety of shapes and poses they can form, giving them a unique quality that constantly challenges me as an artist. Hands easily express nonverbal communications no matter what they are doing and they are identifiable in any culture. As a form, they are elegant yet intimate with there inherent uniqueness that every individuals’ hands possess.  At the same time, they unite us as humans. They are synonymous with touch and tactile sensation, which are both very important in my work and is why I use clay as my main medium. I have always been interested in how touch gives us a much greater understanding of our surroundings, as tactile sensation plays a huge role in mammalian development.           

I have always been a very tactile person and it should be no surprise that I found clay to be the most fulfilling medium for touch. As a medium I find ceramics to be exciting and challenging; it forces me to think about much more then just the esthetics or content of a piece. This intern challenges my knowledge and abilities of engineering, chemistry, and geology. This allows ceramics to be perhaps one of the most versatile fields of study in art. I believe that this versatility is what makes ceramics a perfect medium for contemporary art today.  That being said, it is also one of the oldest materials used by humans to date. This gives ceramics a rich history of industrious, utilitarian, and artistic application.

Much of my work deals with conflict between humans and the impact of those conflicts. My hope is to portray controversial social and political issues in a less direct method that engages a wider audience of people who may not agree with my views. This alternative approach of engagement through aesthetics allows me to be freer in the design of my forms without the constraint of content.

Large-scale art has intrigued me since I was a child. I am interested in how scale plays a huge role in how we perceive the world and how we respond to something solely based on size. I create large work in the attempt to captivate my audience by presence and then draw them in with detail and craft. Dialogue plays a central role in societal evolution, and I attempt to create work that facilitates such discussions.


Christopher Fortin
Summer 2012