2011 begins as a new year but really, ideas dont start and end with the calendar. At the end of 2010 i was looking back over my brief study on Russian agit prop porcelain and although it inspires me and gets me all excited, i realized that the work i actually created didn’t connect alotto the ideas of really making Porcelain political, and so i resolved to spend the rest of my working life, to making that happen. Here are two pieces, titled “which way home” that worked quite nicely and they’re all about the experience of not knowing where you are or how to get to where you want to be, physically, which refers to the migrant experience and psychologically, referring to how we do one thing but would rather do another.
The second photo is work that i will never cease to make and that is the images of houses; how we confine and define ourselves by the houses we live in, how walls define our selves or confine ourselves really interests me. The roof top really stands as a symbol of secrets held and mystery. The plans that define our spaces also define our lives. These are interesting thoughts and there is a great book i’m reading called “why architecture matters” by Paul Goldberger.
Now i begin the year with the incentive to make Porcelain political!! I am starting with the refugee disaster that occured on Christmas Island in December last year, where 70 or more people drowned when the boat they were fleeing in crashed. I am also thinking, researching immigration and how we have walls around us that either let others in or keep them out. Our land is a physical border but our prejidices and beliefs are another.
My father came to australia when he was 18 and i think the experience of coming to a new land and moving home has relevance to me on a personal level and political relevance to the land i live in-australia. The functional shapes i make also has a reference to migration, in that they also have walls to keep things in or seperate from and by pouring one thing in to another, there is displacement.
A good friend of mine Christopher Sanders took this photo of me earlier this year. I am hoping to be in the German Ceramic magazine called Neue Keramics next month and the only photo i had of me was an old one, so I’ve updated myself here instead!