The swamp of Mesopotamia (2019)


Long time ago, cuneiform signs were developed in the Middle East region as a powerful collective imagined reality to organize trade networks. Thousands of years later in the same region, religious, nationalistic and ethnical common myths were weaved to another invented reality. In this case this new common fictive reality was so destructive and so intolerant that it brought people and even cultural heritage in danger.

To highlight this tragedy, I chose to use a unique glass firing process with copper and chemicals where red stain “flames” are spontaneously formed in the kiln.

Quote from the client who bought a work from this series: "they made me emotional... they spoke to me about marks in our lives and on the ground... signals... almost warnings."

© 2019 by Myriam Thomas