A vessel takes on many different definitions and exists within a range of disciplines; from science and the blood to vessels that sail the wide open seas, all the way to ancient vessels that were used for water transportation or storage. The ways in which vessels are understood are also quite abstract and far-reaching. Artists have expanded what their thoughts around traditional vessels are, transcending categorization to include things like time, narrative, illness, humor, stereotype, and self-identification.
This exhibition explores the ever-expanding boundaries that are contained within and make up the idea of a vessel. What truly is a vessel, and how can we singularly contain its definition? The answer: we can’t. The vessel is at one time one thing and at the same time something completely different. A work of art can be a functional object and an idea can be an incubator. What is being contained and the container in which it is settled can morph, merge, or disappear completely. Creators are using the vessel as a means to understand something, to contain something, or to put something into a specific place and explore within that space.