29 May 2019

Bar codes, clouds and a duck. 2D artworks in the making


There is something about bar codes, they are everywhere in todays society to food packaging, product labels and in some ways even people. Bar codes can help to identify whatever it is attached to when scanned by an electronic device, however in a world of purchasing I often ask myself who makes the products that are produced and what is the story behind them. Are the people who make our products confined to a number, a bar code? Were is the human within the machine? Are our consumption of products the new religion? Or is there hope?


I have been continuing to work on this hand made paper drawing that references with clouds. I would like to introduce some kind of effect of light perhaps in some way to give the illusion of light emitting from the centre of the circle. This picture draws upon my interest with the potential for an afterlife. This is in response to my experience of my mother passing away. I had what I could only describe as some kind of visual image occur whilst I was in bed trying to sleep. What I saw was a door or space filled with a white light and a ladder extending into it with what seemed like mist or something cloud like occupying the space close to the light. It is interesting as I did some research on people having near death experiences and it seems as though some people have whitenesed a similar phenomena were they see a white light. I ask my self if this was a dream or something real, either way to this day I still do not know. Although I did not have a near death experience, it is curious to hear of similar experiences. I think there is a lot about this reality I am experiencing that is not fully understood. What really do we know about ourselves in terms of how for example our brain functions and how we decode reality. What do we know about this so called physical reality we exist in?

Before

After

We are constantly satiated with news happening in the world if you chose to let it, often it is not the good kind of news. When were were very young our days were innocent, full of wonder and curiosity, we did not know of all the bad things happening in the world. However it was always there even if we did not know. For this reason I have decided to create an artwork responding to this. Newspaper cut-outs expressing the not so positive aspects of our society contrasted with the image of a rubber duck, a toy always remembered, portraying the innocence of youth. 

28 May 2019

Bubbles/Clouds? Ceramic sculptures in the making, continuing to grow

Before

After. Continuing to add more spheres.

Sometimes I hear people say that they can not believe my ceramic sculptures are hand made, often they think it is made using plaster moulds. I have to agree with them on that, they are precise. I am often drawn to making ceramic sculpture that is very clean and very much focused on the form and using colour to highlight this in ways. There is something about this approach that often creates new possibilities. Clay has the potential to be expressed in a very textual and fluid way, some people like to revel this and I remember back when I was studying my BA I was drawn to this approach. However I eventually moved away from it as I become interested in expressing geometric archetectual referencing forms. Who knows maybe sometime in the future I might be interested in going back to this in some way.

The plan with these pieces is to keep building up the forms by adding more spheres. I am aiming for something of a mushroom cloud like shape. I guess it douse not exactly look like clouds but like a lot of my work I want to leave space for the imagination.

Freshly thrown spheres all hand-made on the potters wheel.


I have a little bit of evidence to prove they are hand-made. The potters wheel is very much a central tool for me to use to help create my ceramic sculptures. With these new sculptures I am working on at the moment they are all made from individual spheres that have been cut up and joined together. 

This ceramic sculpture is made from stoneware clay. I often use this clay as it holds its shape well and it is a strong material to work with.

114th Annual Open Exhibition. 18th May to 29th June 2019 at Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, UK




Short video taken from the preview. 

Very thankful to see my ceramic sculpture Touching the abyss (in the above picture) selected for 114th Annual Open Exhibition. 18th May to 29th June 2019 at Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, UK.

Feel free to drop by, so many different artworks to see.