Ceramic vases and their use within different societies and their infrastructure are continually used as markers for identifying eras by archaeologists. It’s this “function” which I’m interested in exploring; how products of our current time will be perceived by our predecessors in the coming times - “future relics”.
My practice draws influence from contemporary archaeology - examining artifacts and technologies from recent history as a study of social anthropology. I explore industrial remains in rural settings that became heavily industrialised during the revolution. My response materialises in the form of sculptures, through ceramics, ready-mades and installation. Often site specific in the narrative of the object or rooted to particular declining industries. Those such as the potteries in and around Stoke-on-Trent, or tin mining in the South West of England. More metropolitan settings are used as influence when physically creating ceramic objects, taking a closer look at particular infrastructures such as transport, and centralised surveillance and security measures.
Ceramics is the most recurring material I use to create new works, a material which is embedded within British folk culture, but also has different characteristics and lore in other cultures across the world, known as an accessible material to create objects for form and function. Clay itself carries a certain signature or connotation which I use in a way which (more often than I like) is in the form of a pun. Local dialects or slang are used to create the comedy behind the artwork. The methods I use to create new works are mostly ceramic processes, such as throwing (creating forms on a pottery wheel) to create replicates of work, and then mixing these elements with industrial practices such as slip-casting.
Research I conduct to create new work is sparked by various found objects during excursions or during the everyday routine. Taking artifacts from the field and bootlegging them in ceramics, changing it’s materiality, therefore becoming part of the contemporary history it lies, almost becoming archaic.
Another theme I like to explore is nostalgia, due to the recent swift advances in technologies, and the ever shifting aesthetic of modern devices, it has left a past of objects which are overlooked and considered obsolete. These objects can tap into nostalgic tendencies and can be relatable on an individual level. Changing the context and materiality of the object is where my recent work lies, often adulterating a material to change how it behaves and how it becomes part of a narrative I choose.
This often brings it all back to the pun. Satirical comedy is a common basis I base my work off, a bad joke makes a good starting ground for a good conversation.