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walt whitman ceramic tv sculpture

by Vicki Hartman
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I Want My WTV

Can what you watch shape your outlook?

Artist Vicki Hartman poses this provocative question on a miniature screen with her freethinking and metaphoric exploration of consumerism and the media. An artful, ceramic sculpture ignites the conversation through Walt Whitman's immortalized poetry: "Re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss what insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem."

Prop or hang as a reminder to lead a thoughtful and examined life. Handmade in New York.

Each is one-of-a-kind and will vary slightly.

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clay, metal
Approx. 3" H x 4" W x 1.25" D; Antenna: approx. 1.5" L
Comes ready-to-hang (slot for nail on back), also stands on its own on desktop - although slightly rounded on bottom.
Signed by the artist.
  • the maker

Vicki Hartman

"I see the television as an opportunity to make a subtle, subversive comment on our passive, consumer culture," says artist Vicki Hartman. "Television screens are an opportunity to make a positive comment through media. For example: what could our TVs tell us that would be helpful and reaffirming?"

Hartman creates each piece with the magic of the mundane in mind. "Ordinary environments are my source of inspiration. How people create homes has captured me since I was a child," she says. "What we choose to save and what we choose to get rid of, what creates comfort and safety, what is sentimental, and what is a symbol of success. I make handmade objects because they create warmth in a home, and often remind us that imperfection is beautiful and authentic."

Hartman currently works as a full time studio potter from her home in Rochester, New York, where she lives with her husband and two children. She explores the themes of family and community life in her work and is constantly making new discoveries through the process of making with clay.

She received her BFA in ceramics from SUNY New Paltz and also studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, the Moravian Pottery and Tileworks, and Penland School of Crafts. She ran a custom ceramic tile and mosaic business in the Hudson Valley between 2000 and 2004.

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