Pat   Otto         Anatomical   Objects     1991 - 1994
Ritual Drinking Vessels
Fragments: These egg tempera paintings are intimate, hand-held, icon-like fragments
that explore a fascination with human anatomical systems and structures.
They are painted on shards of fired clay.
Ritual Drinking Vessels first came after seeing pre-Columbian sculptures of drinking vessels
at museums. They reminded me of the heart with its main vessels coming out of the “top”
and the idea of ritual, honoring, "art-ifying" the organs.
Reliquaries continue with the fascination of anatomical structures and their timelessness,
from the internal structure of bones to the eternal symbolism of canopic jars.
All anatomical objects have their basis in clay.