Excavating the Artist Within: Student Uses Archeological Dig as Inspiration

Posted: July 29, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

Robin Hernandez, a student in the Bachelor of Individualized Study Program, is displaying her senior project art exhibit, “The Ban Chiang Project,” in the Fine Arts Gallery now through Aug. 3. The gallery is located on the second floor of the Fine Arts Building.

The Ban Chiang Project is an installation of ceramic sculpture and pottery—a collection of contemporary works that were largely inspired by the archaeological excavations of Ban Chiang, located along the Khorat Plateau of Thailand, in the 1960s and 1970s. These excavations yielded more than 100 burials, and included such grave goods as pottery, clay rollers, clay animal figurines, and ceramic anvils.


The installation includes life-sized replicas of human and cat skeletal remains carved from a low fire white clay, and a funerary vessel. Hernandez also carved clay rollers, anvils, animal figurines, and pottery inspired by the discoveries at Ban Chiang. The pieces are accompanied by quotes and descriptions of the excavation.

For more information about “The Ban Chiang Project,” visit Hernandez’s web site.

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