Ceramic Art Pottery

The Classical and the Grotesque

Associated with rationalism, the classical provides the normalizing aspects of western culture and high culture. The classical body is closed, self-contained, monumental, symmetrical, masculine, and sleek. The classical model of progress corrects and erases mistakes.  Opposing the classical is the grotesque, which leaves room for chance, for error.  Historically the “grotto-esque” refers to the excavation in fifteenth-century Rome of Nero’s…

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