Jemma Millen is a hand building ceramicist who graduated with a First class honours degree in Fine & Applied Arts from University of Ulster, Belfast. Her studio is based in Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim.
'Arteriosclerotic Hearts' 2014
Ceramic Organs, Ming Porcelain & Black Clay, decals, gold lustre.Miniature Hearts & Large coiled Hearts.A unique series of anatomically correct, porcelain ceramic organs derived from vascular dementia. This disease begins in the heart, causing strokes to affect the brain which causes impairment and memory loss. I looked to having a more literal image represent this debilitating disease and aid in raising awareness of what physically happens to the body and organs.
The design of each heart is inspired by ‘Arteriosclerosis’, a form of heart disease where the arteries become hardened. This is referred to as ‘Porcelain Aorta’ as the artery calcifies and loses its ability to function, it hardens and is comparable to the strength of porcelain and this is also the most common cause of Dementia.