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“We know not through our intellect but through our experience.” ― Maurice Merleau-Ponty
Unlike other philosophers, Merleau-Ponty emphasized the body as well as the mind as a gateway to understanding the world. His belief that the body and that which it perceived could not be separated seems perfectly suited to the perceptual and haptic sensibilities of fired clay.
I was initially trained as a social geographer and later as an artist. Acknowledging this early training and reflecting the mind-body understanding, my current work connects the way in which we both visualize information and viscerally experience this process of perception.
Bobby Silverman is an artist and designer who lives and works in New York City. His work has been exhibited internationally and is in many public and private collections including the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City, the European Ceramic Work Center, s’Hertogenbosch,The Netherlands, The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC and the Renwick Gallery /Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC. He has received fellowships from the Louisiana State Council for the Arts National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts and the Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship He received his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY, his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO and his BA in Social Geography, Cum Laude, from Clark University Worcester, MA. He has taught and lectured in China, the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. He is also the Principal of Alsio Design, a ceramic tile design and manufacturing company started in 2007.