The Unspeakable is the inexpressible, the unmentionable, something that cannot be said or described. Something precious and heretical. Something either too human or too divine. Something too beautiful or too horrific.
The Unspeakable embodies contradiction: between the ambivalent nature of the unspeakable subject (as described above) and the constitution of the word itself. Does the unspeakable really exist? If we shape every thought with words, how can something be unspeakable? If the only mental process we know of acquiring knowledge and understanding is through thought, and those thoughts are processed with words, everything we can think of is speakable. Hence, something purely unspeakable is something completely unthinkable, something that we, as human beings, cannot grasp or process with reason and thought. It is something that cancels out or cognition.
However, this definition is too romantic, idealistic and impractical. After having expressed the unspeakable quality of the unspeakable, it is a worthy exercise, as contradictory as it may seem, to define the unspeakable with words that are speakable. From this perspective, the definition of the unspeakable does not reside in something mentally indescribable, but in something unutterable, something that viscerally resides inside of us but cannot be taken to the level of vocalization, that simply cannot be pronounced. The unspeakable is the obscure force inside us when we make the conscious decision of remaining silent, when we are too embarrassed or engulfed to give birth to a thought. It is something that we are too afraid or too convinced to say. Something that makes words become too strong to pronounce and images too powerful to conceive.
Love is unspeakable
the truth is unspeakable
Intentional and unintentional
Exercise on: "how ugly can an object be?"
Medium utilized: glass - in gobletery, mainly characterized for its delicacy and elegance. Very technically challenge to make, and glass fabricators pride themselves in having this very fine skill that takes years to develop. Sometimes this process is parallel by manifestations of ego.
This piece is nothing but that, and was made very roughly and with poor technical skills considering that the maker at the time had 4 years of limited, uneducated glass experience.
The object depicted here is the bottom part of a female figure. Quite bulky and disproportionate.
It is a drinking vessel with a female body, as some beer mugs we encounter at tacky bars or caribbean airports. However, who would want to drink out of that?
The ugliest thing i could possibly make. Obscene, nauseating, badly made at a point where i had mediocre skills. Functional yet unusable.
Tell the audience how that me feel + how that translates into society with things that are declared as unworthy.
addressing a material that is considered beautiful, and fragile, that almost anything made by it will be beautiful. How to make something of glass that is not beautiful? or what is beauty?
everything that is grotesque, tacky, and not even techincally respectuful. Something that good glassblowers will look with contempt.
The goblet, the goblet is regarded as the most precious, hardest thing to make. Utilizing the goblet and its social/historical implications to bring a point across. Utilizing a female because glassblowing is sometimes compared to femininity (blowing glass is like caressing a woman).