unique ceramic sculpture
coil or slab built constructions, unique works are responses to subject,
and may form a small series or body of work evolving over time. Working
in series facilitates the pursuit of an elusive idea or gesture that is
not always captured immediately. It allows for experimentation and
accident, but also a developing understanding of subject. A slight ambivalence in form
may be balanced by an emphasis on emotion and expression. Work is often at risk during construction and the resulting fragility is integral to both concept and aesthetic.
The notion that an individual creature may experience some ‘otherness’ or spiritual dimension beyond our understanding of its instinctive animal behaviours, is the premise behind much of my work, and portraiture a vehicle to I use to explore feeling and expression. Primates in particular are an obvious and compelling choice of subject given their genetic proximity to human kind, but it is important to me that all subjects are sculpted with sensitivity and empathy, inviting the viewer to relate and reflect.