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Viral I. Erosion Series by Tamsin van Essen. © Tamsin van Essen.

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Viral II. Erosion Series by Tamsin van Essen. © Tamsin van Essen

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Viral III. Erosion Series by Tamsin van Essen. © Tamsin van Essen

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Viral III. Erosion Series by Tamsin van Essen. © Tamsin van Essen

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Viral IV. Erosion Series by Tamsin van Essen. © Tamsin van Essen

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Viral V. Erosion Series by Tamsin van Essen. © Tamsin van Essen

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Viral VI. Erosion Series by Tamsin van Essen. © Tamsin van Essen

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Viral VII. Erosion Series by Tamsin van Essen. © Tamsin van Essen

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Viral VIII. Erosion Series by Tamsin van Essen. © Tamsin van Essen

This work explores erosion and the disruption of form. Focusing on biological erosion, I wanted to convey the idea of a host being attacked and eaten away by a parasitic virus, highlighting the creeping spread of the infection as it corrupts the body. I have produced a series of angular porcelain forms, sandblasted to wear the surface and reveal inner strata. This aggressive process, contrarily, creates a delicate vulnerability in the shape. The translucency of the porcelain and the interruption of the surface make it possible to glimpse through to layers beneath, creating a tension between the seen and the obscured. (source: http://www.vanessendesign.com)