Linda Cordell: Animal Instincts

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Philadelphia ceramist Linda Cordell is known for her realistic sculptures of animals. Inspired by traditional figurines, Cordell's sculptures are made of white porcelain and cast from a mold with additional hand detailing. But unlike a typical statuette, Cordell's sculptures do not portray idyllic scenes. She pairs an animal, often a larger-than-life insect, with a common everyday object such as a tin can or clock. By mimicking the formal qualities of the familiar figurine, Cordell depicts the mundane reality of nature like a scratching dog, crawling bug, or the inevitable demise of a mayfly.