Leaving I

Islam Abdelkader


Glazed Ceramic

In conditions of danger, fear or discomfort, one can spontaneously run away and escape. However, less commonly, leaving can be satisfying, a statement – to move on. As you cross the threshold you take your body with you and become more aware of it: its weight, and how heavily it moves. 

Leaving I compels the viewer to fit into and fill –mentally or physically – a tight space that encloses the body. The sculpture is built intentionally incomplete and some parts have been left unglazed. In this way, it allows a curious viewer to gaze deep down inside its double wall structure, or to search for a leaking spot, a crack to look through, inviting an imaginary exit scenario as a personal experience.