Sex, Death and Flowers (2017 Paintings)
Excessive, innate, abject, grotesque, gluttonous, meaty, fleshy, sexual, oily, thick
The paintings in this collection are all symbols of the body. The meat pieces represent death and decay of the flesh. Inspired by memento mori still life paintings I am interested in using food, skulls and flowers as symbols of death, decay and the body. The flowers are also symbols of birth, sexuality and the pleasures of the flesh.
Taking advantage of the naturally thick and oily qualities of the paint I used a brush and knife to apply thick paint giving the pieces a look of excessiveness and gluttony, a sensory and abject experience.
This collection represents three phases of life; birth, sexual prime, and death.
Ceramic Sculptures and installations
The ceramics are a combination of the beautiful and the ugly. I am interested in combining highly decorated objects with abject elements. Glossy pieces, with bone like bisque details. They explore ideas of superficiality, hidden meanings, the façade and the abject.
The pieces question how, within society, the ugly can be hidden by beautiful glossy imagery, propaganda, parades, children's books and other methods of brainwashing or influencing, methods which have been used throughout history.
The Rebirth installation is meant to be a symbol of hope that whatever form of oppression a society, culture, individual or nationality is going through they can survive and strive.
The clay pieces are earthenware; either fired at cone 05 bisque or fired to cone 6 ceramic. With a combination of under glaze and glaze, I am interested in contrasting materials, matte to glossy surfaces, and bisque to ceramic. White and Black clay is used in combination and individually. All the pieces are hand built and painted.
Each piece is unique, handmade and painted cone 6 fired ceramic.
I was inspired to make ceramic jewellery from my larger ceramic sculptures and installations.
When looking at the detail pieces I was making for my sculptures I saw an opportunity to explore these small items as their own pieces.