Unexpectedly found ceramic work on display at PHL before I’m even on a plane. Dinner settings by Rebecca Chappell on display in the D Terminal.
Public art displays in airports always seem just a little out of place to me. People are hurrying by, talking on their cells, doing anything but the sort of contemplation art requests of us.
But maybe the unexpected moments speak to us differently? Isn’t that what we are exploring when we make functional work?
Displaying functional work – work that asks us to take the time to slow down and appreciate the details of a table, or a meal – in the middle of a busy airport terminal seems like just the sort of contradiction I love about ceramics.