Artistic statement

For some time now I have been making functional ceramics that explore and play with architectural themes and text on the surfaces.

Initially I drew historical architecture to refer to the similarities houses, castles, town walls, forts, dwellings have with functional ceramics. The fact that they both contain space within their walls was a visual clue to the narrative/conversation I was attempting to establish.

I am also interested in; how internal space within the walls of castles were divided, how private space was discovered and subsequently how humans developed their sense of privacy. The spaces we live in build and construct our confines,we live concealing or revealing ourselves.

The creation of streets, cities, has also been a fascination of mine, exploring how we divide and mark our territories. I embarked on a lifelong journey to connect form and user through referring to the forms own functionality and our own personal human history.

 

in 2012 i began a PhD which explored the relationship between porcelain and politics. It did this by examining selected historical and contemporary pots that convey a political message and the visual language of surface decoration.

Decorative functional ceramics may not be immediately associated with the creation and legitimisation of a culture and its political position. However, with this research, I investigate selected political ceramics from the beginning of the twentieth century and contemporary ceramics and focus on how surface imagery is used as an instrument of political promotion and personal commentary.

Stories that unfold around the surfaces of three-dimensional forms occupy a genre that is now commonly referred to as ‘narrative ceramics’: pots that tell a story. Mark-making is one of the unique ways people have shaped and sought to understand their world. Paintings and stories on ancient ceramics have revealed much of our knowledge of the past and the cultures that created them. For example, the black and red figure painted vases of Classical Greece,

 

The primary focus of this research project was to respond to the political machinations of Australian politics as observed during the period of the research candidacy, by creating functional porcelain objects that utilised images and text on the surfaces. As a consequence, works developed for this project use text from contemporary phrases of the Australian Trade Union movement, and sound bites taken from the slogans and speeches of Australian politicians.

By using functional forms to carry visual images of the Australian political landscape, the project aimed to advance the link between Australian politics and functional porcelain, establishing a space for our personal lives to engage with the politics that surround us.