Vol. 14 No. 1 (2021): Aesthetics in Times of Contagion
Monographica

The COVID-19 War in Ceramic Arts: Navigating Aesthetic and Symbolic Expressions

Ponimin
Department of Arts and Design, Faculty of Letters, State University of Malang
Guntur
Department of Arts and Design, Faculty of Letters, State University of Malang
Published July 20, 2021
Keywords
  • COVID-19,
  • ceramic art,
  • symbolic expression,
  • Lord Krishna
How to Cite
Ponimin, & Guntur. (2021). The COVID-19 War in Ceramic Arts: Navigating Aesthetic and Symbolic Expressions. Aisthesis. Pratiche, Linguaggi E Saperi dell’estetico, 14(1), 81-99. https://doi.org/10.36253/Aisthesis-12056

Abstract

This paper reports on the production of a ceramic installation artwork that explores the story of the COVID-19 pandemic experienced by people throughout the world. The work is a symbolic expression in the form of a set of ceramic art models that portray the story of the battle between positive and negative values, expressed through a 3-dimensional visual ceramic installation consisting of an arrangement of statues that portray an imaginary battle between COVID-19 troops and Lord Krishna. The method used in the process of creating this work was a creative approach that combined appreciation and interpretation of the object of the creative idea. The artwork was made of plastic clay taken from the southern area of Malang regency, East Java, Indonesia, which was formed using a manual technique of direct hand massage and fired at a temperature of 900 °C. The COVID-19 phenomenon is imagined and visualized as a ceramic installation sculpture consisting of the imaginative figures of COVID-19 troops, led by the king of COVID-19 who is shown fighting with Lord Krishna. The result is a visual expression of the COVID-19 troops and their king, in several imaginative forms, carrying various weapons of war, in combat with the imaginary figure of Lord Krishna. The distinction of this work is its portrayal of a battle between positive and negative forces that have become a part of human life during the COVID-19 pandemic, expressed in a symbolic visual narrative through the arrangement of a set of ceramic sculptures.

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