Recent Ceramic Works
I always believe that the materials should be appropriate to the concept and the ceramic works also reference our use of collecting and tourist paraphernalia, which in some ways is intended to be both ironic and humorous. I have also made a series of drawings of iconic classical buildings, I want to allow the materials and their processes to describe how we are eroding history and civilisation. Nothing it seems is permanent and nothing lasts forever. In all the ceramic works I am excited by the way in which the materials have cracked and becom misshapen how they have moved and shrunk of their own volition during the processes of manufacture. This again seems to represent and mimic our own life experiences.
right pictures; These issues are reinterpreted in ‘pisa1’ when the mundane is exchanged for the spectacle of an icon of the 14c-15c, a near legendary building with many associations which once again plunge the viewer into competing complexities. The building symbolises all the early renaissance values , individualism and belief, it symbolises longevity of civilisation, learning power and influence. The idea of me casting a sculpture into alternative media is on one level a quixotic notion, heightened by the immense number of technical problems it inevitable posed. The challenge is not only the rendering of the ephemeral into the massively durable, but the jolting of the senses into recognition of changed values of waste, worthlessness and the passage of time. It is this juxtaposition of image and material which informs and empowers what we see. It makes us reconsider, re-evaluate and dare to reject complacency.
All of the works are manufactured using recycled materials, I have collected, natural and man made materials and used them in juxtaposition to generate a vocabulary of materiality within the works, my use of the formal aspects of the architectural building in conjunction with the use of the conspicuous consumption that our society produces is present in each works. I intend the sculptures to identify notions of the classicism of consumption, ostentation and material value centred upon a cultural and political identity The sculptures also capture the classical form made from the used and useless, discarded relics of mass consumption. My engagement with the urban environment is through witnessing how the buildings are subject to environmental changes and human intervention.The sculptures clearly represent mankinds desire for material objects however, they also ask us to to consider what it is we value in the world.