Hand-built Ceramic, with carving, glazing and transfers Year 2022/2023 Various sizes
The earthenware vessels, utilized since time immemorial to narrate sagas of wars, conquests, heroes, and an array of deities, are often adorned with the tales of cities and their denizens. Organically evolving cities similarly unfurl across the vessels as conceived by Zena Assi, reminiscent of ancient vases. The erosion they have undergone imbues them with latency and memory. The worn shape itself suggests a time when the relic was under the earth, hibernating, witnessing the passage of time, subject to erosion, waiting for excavation. These objects are repositories of memory, traces, tales, and project beyond themselves, upon the confines of their exterior surfaces, the urban imaginary they embody.