Bruxist (The Teeth Grinder) by Better Lovers

Bruxist (The Teeth Grinder) by Better Lovers


Dice-sized polished porcelain pieces of irregular size and shape, including knawed.

*This work won first prize from the Exhibition jurors.*

About the Work from the Artists

The history of dice is root in divination and soothsaying, of peering at animal entrails to reveal the future, or casting rune sticks to decode one's fate. The snapping of a wishbone at thanksgiving is a holdover from the Etruscans who believe chickens to be oracles, and their bones sources of good luck.

Our porcelain dice are fired to cone 6 and polished a smooth and shiny finish, when they are held, there is an overwhelming desire to put them in your mouth. Seriously, it's weird how many times people say that when they pick them up. And we know what they mean, there is something about them that you want to feel with your teeth. And that is an odd sensation, and we're not sure that there is a word for this feeling in English. To feel something with your teeth, it's like rubbing your skull against something, to actually feeling it with your bones.

Teeth and bone, divining the future, the domestic sphere, invisible radio waves, eating the inedible, we are rather romantic when it comes to materials. We eschew precision for artifice, for the optical illusion that tricks the eye but welcomes the hand.

We are the kinsfolk of the fabled doubting Thomas, who though lacking 'faith' understood that only touch could provide the truth.

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About Better Lovers:

Better Lovers is a colloboration between Jacob Reader and Layla Mrozowski.

Jacob Raeder Artist Statement:

I recall the first time I took a magnifying glass outside in the sun, carefully focusing the light of a celestial body almost 100 million miles away into an intense dot that quickly and neatly melted the arm off a plastic army man. The unseemliness of concentrated power was fascinating to my young mind, and I was only peripherally aware of enacting the cliché of the hubristic child-god who gleefully destroys his toys. Instead, it was the raw “cool factor” of wielding in my hands a magic wand instead of a scientific instrument, diving head first into the gap between practice and theory. The distinct pleasure of confusion (not to be confused with willful ignorance) seems to exist in its most potent form at the childhood crossroad of wonder and knowing. As we grow older, we like to think that we are more aware, and thus in control, of the mysterious powers of the world around us.

My current work is object-based and sensual. A game ofhide-and-go-seek with the themes of suburban aesthetics, craftsmanship, intimacy and consumption. At risk of enacting a further cliché of the jaded adult mourning the loss of childhood, I want to offer that we can rescue the experiences of pleasure and novel delight from the mere memory of our pre-adolescent inquisitiveness. It takes the activity of radical and at times aggressive play coupled with a rigorous material experimentation to dismantle the cognitive barriers that inhibit creative possibility and the embracing of imagination.

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