My art work uses natural forms to symbolize the cycle of decay all organisms go through and the effect on one’s memory as it processes this change. Many plants are able to provide for themselves through the process of photosynthesis. Fungi however often need an exterior host of some sort to survive on. By using this decay and growth symbolism that fungi offers in nature, I am able to show that while some situations decay from our memories, such as a budding tree, with time that tree may decay and lose its ability to continue growing, leaving it a host for others to consume or change, as the fungi that cover it do. This change over time alters how we view the object and process the new image. By using clay as my medium, I attempt to capture and preserve moments where objects are in the process of being lost and altered due to new “growth.” Like our minds, clay attempts to save the form it is given, the molecules in clay create a memory of their own so that once they are sculpted or bent a certain way the structure is set, and the clay remembers the shape.
Rebecca Buglio was born in Chicago, Illinois. She is an alum of the Rhode Island School of Design with a MFA in Ceramics ('16) and an alum of Berry College where she majored in art with concentrations in art education and studio art: ceramics ('13). She currently resides in the Smoky Mountain region of Tennessee.