Big and Small Moments

For the past few years I have been working in porcelain to create hundreds of miniature writhing human figures, and life-size portraits of teeth, insects, feathers, pebbles, and birds, all of which I assemble on pretty porcelain cakes.

This practice enables me to process my own history and the tragedies and occasions that swirl around us.

Big and Small Moments is a series of domestic monuments to life’s enchantments and perils. All moments, whether they're spent in pain or pleasure, deserve a tribute, so out of respect for this exquisite spectrum, I make cakes out of clay to honor them. The prettiness of the cakes and their corresponding plates is an invitation to explore the emotions evoked by the elements on top.

Big and Small Moments
Monica Banks Big and Small Moments
Monica Banks Big and Small Moments Glazed English Porcelain
Mulit-Colored Cake with Feathers
2016
Glazed English Porcelain
14 3/4" x 10" x 7 1/2"

Monica Banks Big and Small Moments

Monica Banks Big and Small Moments Glazed English Porcelain
Tall Blue and Green
2016
Glazed English Porcelain
13 1/2" x 5" x 5"

Monica Banks Big and Small Moments

Monica Banks Big and Small Moments Glazed English Porcelain
Dotted Cake on Flower Plate
2016
Glazed English Porcelain
5 1/2" x 7" x 7 1/8"

Monica Banks Big and Small Moments

Monica Banks Big and Small Moments Glazed English Porcelain
Lavender Frosted Layer Cake on Yellow Plate
2016
Glazed English Porcelain
6" x 7 3/4" x 7 3/4"

Monica Banks Big and Small Moments

Monica Banks Big and Small Moments Glazed and Unglazed English Porcelain with India Ink
Parchment Layers on Black Plate
2016
Glazed and Unglazed English Porcelain with India Ink
7" x 7 3/4" x 7 3/4"

Monica Banks Big and Small Moments

Monica Banks Big and Small Moments Glazed English Porcelain
Tall Cake with Cairns
2016
Glazed English Porcelain
15" x 8 3/4" x 8 3/4"

Monica Banks Big and Small Moments

Monica Banks Big and Small Moments Glazed English Porcelain
Two's in Yellows and Blues
2016
Glazed English Porcelain
8 1/2" x 9 3/4" x 9 3/4"

Monica Banks Big and Small Moments

Monica Banks Big and Small Moments Glazed English Porcelain
Speckled Layer Cake on Multi-Pointed Plate
2016
Glazed English Porcelain
7 5/8" x 8 3/4" x 8 3/4"

Monica Banks Big and Small Moments

Monica Banks Big and Small Moments Glazed English Porcelain
Sunken Cake
2016
Glazed English Porcelain
6" x 7" x 7"

Monica Banks Big and Small Moments Glazed English Porcelain
Small Lavender Cake on Ribbed Stand
2016
Glazed English Porcelain
11 3/4" x 6" x 6 1/8"
Monica Banks Big and Small Moments Glazed English Porcelain
Dotted Cake with Four Tall Figures
2016
Glazed English Porcelain
15" x 7 1/4" x 7 1/4"

Monica Banks Big and Small Moments Glazed English Porcelain
Thick Pink Frosting
2016
Glazed English Porcelain
9 1/2" x 8 1/8" x 8 1/4"
Monica Banks Big and Small Moments Glazed English Porcelain
One Tall Feather
2016
Glazed English Porcelain
18" x 7 1/4" x 7"

Monica Banks Big and Small Moments

Monica Banks Big and Small Moments Glazed English Porcelain
Cupcakes: Green, Lavender, Peach
2016
Glazed English Porcelain
3 1/2" x 7" x 7"; 5 1/2" x 7 5/8" 7 5/8"; 3 1/2" x 6" x 6"

Monica Banks Big and Small Moments Glazed English Porcelain
Blue Slice, Pink Slice, Green Slice
2016
Glazed English Porcelain
4 1/2" x 7 1/4" 7 1/4"; 5" x 7 1/4" x 7 1/4"; 4 7/8" x 7 1/2" x 7 3/8"
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