Sara Söderberg is an artist based in Stockholm, Sweden
Through my practice as a craft artist I examine how a certain space or object can function as a mediator between people, and between people and materiality. How and by whom a room, an object, or a context is created, and then utilized is examined to understand the significance of materiality as an important ingredient in making sense of ourselves and the world around us. Everyday life is filled with personal rituals where we create an illusion of control in the chaos that is the universe. Each and everyone has their personal take on how they conduct their steady habits, and there is comfort in the act of repetition in something that is uniquely your own experience, connecting the past, present and future. We connect the body and mind when we come in contact with material tools suggested to aid us with our needs. Depending on how that tool is made, feels, looks or smells - the functions can be well beyond practical - anything has the possibility to be one's madeleine. I argue that the more or less subtle humor in a handmade ceramic handle can be the type of amusing detail that makes a certain room feel more embracive, human and generous. A materialized reminder of a necessity to feel at home and welcome in a certain space and time.