Detail from Hidden promises

Detail from Hidden promises

As drawings in space made with line, plane, materials and tone, which manipulate formal elements in order to set up multiple contrasts and contradictions, they encourage the projection of organic attributes onto the inert object. The materials are tough and resistant, but give the appearance of fragility.

Intuition is more important during construction than any preconceived plan. Personally it is vital to remain responsive to the materials and allow the forms freedom to evolve. Pieces are evocative rather than metaphorical, each a small world, like little essays or poems, belonging to the same ‘family’ of objects.

Initially born from trial and error, each has a quiet complexity that reflects multiple influences.

Within them there are references to archaeological fragments of civilisation (textiles, pottery, boats, text, crop-growth) and the colonisation of forms (coral reefs and underwater life forms, the creeping corruption allied to fungal or microbial infestation,) Parts will move, slide and rattle or spring and change the shape of the piece as a response to outside movement, seemingly somewhere between life and inertia; there is a deliberate ambivalence here between organic and inorganic.

Each piece encourages a physical response: When one is held in the hand – as it must be in order to place it, it is not obvious which way it rests (in fact there is no ‘right’ way up). The holder must make a decision as to how to arrange it thus making participation an essential part of the work in a more physical way than simple observation.

The perception that the pieces are to be played with, handled and arranged to suit the holder seem to be a direct legacy from my other discipline, jewellery, as does an obsession for detail and the small scale – the pieces are mostly of the right size to fit in the hand or to be handled easily. It is no coincidence that ‘jewel’ originally meant ‘bauble’, ’trinket’ or ‘plaything.’

 

Materials used are: Porcelain, earthenware, copper, stainless steel, silver, lead and iron wire.

Techniques encompass a variety of jewellery, ceramic and textile skills in the manipulation of metals and clay, e.g. forging, crochet, stitching, and kiln firing.

Dimensions are generally no bigger than a 100mm cube in the smaller pieces and a 200 cube in the larger ones.