Howard Risatti writes in an essay titled the The Thingness of the Thing -
“This is not to say crafts are without social life, a life in society beyond pure function; rather, it is to say that in their essential nature as physical objects they are presentations rather than representations, things rather than images. That is so regardless of the cultures, geographic locations, or eras from which they come is one of the trans-cultural, trans-spatial, and trans-temporal truths of craft.”
Now back to Ariel and the fork. What Scuttle was getting at was the presentation of the object. Essentially, taking the object information presented to him, and wrapping a story/use around it. The thingness of the thing is trans-cultural, not matter if you live under the sea, or among the human stuff.
Published on by Eric Trine.