Ceramic, synthetic rubber, plasticine, metal, wood, aquaphobic plastic, concrete, water, pump.
Documentation: Bjarte Bjørkum
Text: Sara Kollstrøm Heilevang
In Ballages universe we are met with failing as a strategy to encounter the unknown. When something has failed, that something is in disagreement with what actually is. To fail can therefore be viewed as an action that seeks to get closer to, or uncover a truth, and makes the premise for how the human kind learns about itself in relation to the world.
To embrace failing is in a way like surrendering to the sea. One loses control, overview and points of navigation. But it can also be accepted as an invitation, an opening to experimenting and approaching the potential of material on other premises. In the exhibition different states of water meet in circulation, communicating with one another. Sometimes flawlessly, sometimes dysfunctionally.
The molecules of water are attracted to itself, the ones forming the outside surface always trying to get closer to the ones within. This makes water as material always wanting to become more compact, intimate and spherical, struggling to get away from its own surface tension. In larger bodies of water, such as the human body or sculptures made of clay, this tension is overcome by the force of gravity.
In her practice Ballage explores her own potential as a body of water, drawn back to the other molecules of water in the sea. This is however putting herself up to fail, as mankind's development of lungs has turned humans into breathing, water carrying vessels, not quite beholden to neither land nor sea.
In her works for Bath Time the desire towards water is grounded through ceramic sculptures of glazed stoneware contemplating water circulation and exploring the fountain as an impractical machine.