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- The Korean International Ceramic Biennale November 2019 - May 2020

These works are an installation that was exhibited at the 2019  Korean International Ceramic Biennale in South Korea.

“The Disintegrating Head” (the robotic Table) is made in collaboration with my son, Nick Shanks, who is a robotic artist.
The installation discusses the “Opioid Crisis”. My eldest son, Tom Shanks, died in 2017 because of this epidemic. “Pharmacetti”, and “Atomic Pill-head” depict two of the characters in his life. “The Disintegrating Head” is robotic and overly large, like the elephant in the room. It is also deliberately complicated and erratic, like the mind. The audio is my voice and Debra Lovvorn Clark’s whose son also died that year. Both our sons were only twenty-five years old.

Please watch this video of the installation on Vimeo by using the link below

The Opioid Dialogue The Disintegrating Head
The Opioid Dialogue The Disintegrating Head with computer controlled robotic table Click the above link to see the South Korean Television broadcast at the Korean International Ceramic Biennale September 2019
Pharmacetti Atomic Pillhead Atomic Pillhead
Pharmacetti Ht54xW30xD17cm. Pharmacetti with stand Ht57xW36xD20cm. Atomic Pillhead Ht75xW36xD20cm.
Atomic Pillhead Tom Tom Incloud
Atomic Pillhead Ht75xW36xD20cm Tom Tom Column Ht108xW36xD24 Tom Tom Column Ht108xW36xD24
with Starhead Ht77xW39xD25