Status

As status is one of the more outwardly manifesting of the pillars I chose to make this individual highly decorative.  The lips on this piece are pursed and the teal and violet headdress is highly decorative in itself.  This piece conveys a concern for self.  I chose the highly recognizable form of the pyramid to display the concept in the shrine.  This pyramid is divided into five levels, each of which is hand painted and gold leafed to depict different levels of status.  In the hand painting element I arrived on the image of the rug to differentiate the levels.  I chose this because when one thinks of status the first inclination is to associate it with money.  Gold historically has been an indicator of wealth.  I view status in a broader sense than only wealth.

Each of these levels is supported by those beneath it and exists only in relationship to it’s counterparts.  This hierarchy is directly relatable to many facets beyond monetary wealth.  For example, within any facet of culture, from a position in a guild to a job at a restaurant, a family to a sports team, there is a stratification of importance or differentiation of role within any arena.  The metal decor, taking the form of tassels, relates directly to the hand painted rugs on the pyramid.  In relationship to the ceramic piece itself the idea of purely decorative adornment is carried even farther.