In True Confections, I use porcelain to create miniature human and animal figures, distressed dinnerware, and life-size bees, mice, and birds, all elements that resonate deeply for me. In choosing the type of plinth on which to assemble these elements, I want to honor the experiences they evoke – the joys of domestic life, the cruelty of nature, the anguish of inequity, and the despair of loss. So I bake cakes for them -- also out of porcelain-- as a tribute, and display the elements on top.

Using cakes as pedestals for sculpture makes them domestic monuments to a full range of emotions, from playfulness to grief.

True Confections
Monica Banks True Confections English Porcelain
From left: Ceremony,Celebration, Ode
2015
English Porcelain
Monica Banks True Confections English Porcelain
From left: Anthem, Hymn
2015
English Porcelain

Monica Banks True Confections English Porcelain
Ode (detail)
2015
English Porcelain
9 3/4" x 7" x 7"
Monica Banks True Confections English Porcelain
Hymn (detail)
2015
English Porcelain
10 1/16" x 5 3/4" x 5 1/2"

Monica Banks True Confections English Porcelain
Anthem (detail)
2015
English Porcelain
6 1/2" x 7 1/2" x 7 1/4"
Monica Banks True Confections English Porcelain
Ceremony
2015
English Porcelain
9 1/2" x 7" x 7"

Monica Banks True Confections English Porcelain
From left: Exaltation, Glory,Tribute
2015
English Porcelain
Monica Banks True Confections English Porcelain
Exaltation (detail)
2015
English Porcelain
9 1/4" x 7 1/8" x 7 1/8"

Monica Banks True Confections English Porcelain
Glory
2015
English Porcelain
3" x 6 3/4" x 6 3/4"
Monica Banks True Confections English Porcelain
Tribute
2015
English Porcelain
10 1/4" x 7" x 7"

Monica Banks True Confections English Porcelain
From left: Revelation, Observance, Holiday
2015
English Porcelain
Monica Banks True Confections English Porcelain
Holiday
2015
English Porcelain
4 1/4" x 7 3/8" x 7 3/8"

Monica Banks True Confections English Porcelain
Psalm (detail)
2015
English Porcelain
6" x 9 1/2" x 6 1/2"
Monica Banks True Confections English Porcelain
Psalm (detail)
2015
English Porcelain
6" x 9 1/2" x 6 1/2"

Monica Banks True Confections English Porcelain
Occasion
2015
English Porcelain
5" x 8 1/4" x 8 1/8"
Monica Banks True Confections
Occasion (detail)

Monica Banks True Confections English Porcelain
Communion
2015
English Porcelain
1 1/2" x 7 1/4" x 7 1/4"
Monica Banks True Confections English Porcelain
Assembly
2015
English Porcelain
5" x 8 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Monica Banks True Confections Porcelain, fine silver
Eminence
2015
Porcelain, fine silver
8" x 3 5/8" x 3 5/8"
Monica Banks True Confections Porcelain, fine silver
Eminence (detail)
2015
Porcelain, fine silver
8" x 3 5/8" x 3 5/8"

Monica Banks True Confections Balsa wood, rope, wire, porcelain
Abject Pottery
2015
Balsa wood, rope, wire, porcelain
Variable height x 28" x 10"
Monica Banks True Confections


Monica Banks True Confections Balsa wood, rope, wire, ink, porcelain
Abject Pottery 2
2015
Balsa wood, rope, wire, ink, porcelain
Variable height x 28" x 10"
Monica Banks True Confections


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