4. Ovum Urn
In Collaboration with Devon Reina for Cooler Gallery
In creating a cremation urn, a designer must begin with existential query. How tricky it is to tiptoe around the topic of death. The balance to be kept between an object of stark beauty, evoking instant intrigue and investigation of a viewer, while contemplating and even more importantly, celebrating the preservation of a life. How can one object hold and express the culmination of an entire existence?
_Acquisition of materiality
Epoxy resin, the modern solution for preservation. Never degrading, never changing. An homage to ancient burial techniques, preserving a body in honey, wax, salt, or formaldehyde.
_Translation of gravity
The ovoid- an empty, weightless cavity, appears to be pulled downward by gravity, giving rise to air in such dramatic downward force. Ethereal air pockets swim to the surface, trapped and held in position adding ornament that can never be repeated the same way again.
The symbol of the egg- birth, fertility, eternal life, incorporated into the basin of a traditionally shaped urn vessel.