Ginny Sims

Minnesota-based Ginny Sims creates functional and sculptural objects that are highly narrative. For inspiration, she looks to different moments in ceramic history and incorporate the cultural information I find there with present day social and political experiences. Ginny recognizes that the history of pottery in the west is divided between industrial capitalism and folk craft traditions, and its objects are so intimately involved with the body either in its creation or its use more than any other medium, so it has the ability to bring into dialogue aspects of the capitalist system, the body and domesticity, and social justice in a palpable, straightforward way that other mediums cannot. Pottery is a reflective, invisible, critical and, for millennia, necessary material object of culture whose very existence is testament to the human being in their environment.