About Mette Maya
My work is a way to understand all the different worlds I inhabit sometimes.
Working with clay is a necessity for me. From an early age clay has been a material that informs and reaffirms my identity. I have never felt like I belong anywhere and so the making process has become both a search for, and an escape from, my environment. I think this is why my work has developed in two distinct directions: the result of conflicts and questions that resolve themselves in forms that embody a sense of balance and unity.
I work in two quite different ways. One is the making of waves and the other is constructing. One is loose and wild, the other is fine and measured – similar to how I live my life, drifting off and trying to disappear in response to staying strong and building my home.
The work is also an investigation into social identity as I represent a small part of human behaviour. It can be a question of how our response to emotional situations changes and influences us. At the end of the day it all makes sense – a little piece of history with each piece marking a milestone from the past. They have all been a subject of change and a question of defining time. What happens in between is the inspiration. I work to find balance between my spontaneous nature and the responsibility of being an artist and a mother.