Dirk Staschke


3rd Place recipient

As a species, our arrangements are centered on organizing the planet to fit our needs and desires. We arrange our finances, property, affairs, health, and our eventual end. Along the way we rearrange material resources, usually transforming them into wealth. The cycle is complete, or is it? 

In the studio I arrange shape and form, creating opportunities for light and shadow (and perhaps wealth). These arrangements are informed by the mundane ritual of eating that is long celebrated in ceramics. Unlike the potter whose empty dishes present an opportunity, my settings come prearranged as opulent, inedible meals that are simultaneously beautiful and disgusting. In this process, sustenance becomes merely a concept forever locked in its sculptural form and eating becomes a metaphor for excessive material consumption. 

Like an extravagant meal, the arrangements we make to further our desires can come with painful unintended consequences. My recent body of work explores notions of gluttony and cultural excess.

  • Plethora

    Plethora 54x54x11 2009


  • Bounty

    Bounty 15x25x11" 2008


  • No Strings Attached

    No Strings Attached 60x30x16" 2012


  • Confectional Facade2

    Confectional Facade2 105x48x9" 2012


  • Confectional Facade2 (detail)

    Confectional Facade2 (detail) 105x48x9" 2012


  • Consuming Allegory

    Consuming Allegory 75x72x30" 2012


  • Harvest's End

    Harvest's End 84x40x40" 2011


  • Wishing Well, Knowing Otherwise

    Wishing Well, Knowing Otherwise 79x48x48" 2011


  • Swan Song

    Swan Song 20x27x12" 2009


  • Stagger

    Stagger 20x16x16" 2009