Manifesto

So this is my attempt of writing about my work. This statement will be displayed next to my work for the second year exhibition, I haven’t written a manifesto before! I did read some snippets of famous ones and was particularly impressed by Walter Gropius’s (the guy who founded the Bauhaus movement) statement “The artist is an exalted artisan” when he was talking about his school, meaning that firstly you learn a craft, and then you create; much like what we’re doing on the Ceramics degree. Anyhow here goes…

Geometry is something I am especially fond of, integrating angles and lines within my artwork and using interlocking shapes to create puzzle like pieces; bringing in an element of play. I want to challenge the perception of the “normal behaviour” one should adopt in a gallery/museum setting.

Engaging the senses, with an emphasis on the physical touch is what I set out my work to do. This involves creating textures varying from smooth to rough, so one doesn’t just have a visual experience, but a tactile one too.

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This brings me to the idea of making my artwork accessible in galleries for the visually impaired, I want everyone to experience it, as we know a lot of artists do not want onlookers to touch or handle their work, fair enough, it is valuable to them and they may not want to increase the chances of it being broken. However, there are many people- such as the visually impaired- in particular the blind-who haven’t had the opportunity to experience these works as they are not allowed to touch them. I want people to touch my work as I feel touch is the most important sense…

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Reflection; the end of second year is so close!

With our assessment over the next couple of days, including a presentation where I talk about my work throughout the year to Pete and Natasha, it’s slowly dawning on me that I will be in my final year of university in September! That’s only a few months away; wow. We have been asked to reflect upon our year so far, for each module… So I am going to start with our Subject module.

I thought I’d introduce my reflection with a few snaps the photographer Toril Brancher took last week of my work in the Ken Straddling Collection…

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My work perched on a stack of Arne Jacobsen chairs

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Close up really captures the texture of the sponged on vitreous slip!

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I’m loving how the lacquer on the chair reflects my building blocks!

Who knew that I would be using so much colour and using children’s toys to make my work?! I am very happy with the course that my ceramics this year has taken, starting with very organic pieces sculpted and influenced by the resting positions of the body, to geometric shapes, encouraging the audience to play.

I am much more confident with where I sit in the creative realm, with the hopes of being a working artist when I graduate, informing others, through my work, the benefits art can have for us humans. With concerns to ceramics itself, I wish to do this by expanding on my casting and slab building skills and also experimenting with colour, pushing my boundaries on my knowledge of glaze and decorative slip, something which I’ve only scratched the surface of. I feel that doing more volunteering throughout the year for art events and also for charities  will help me develop professionally and more importantly it’s incredibly rewarding!

Also, I want to do some research into people’s responses to different textures ceramic pieces. After reading about several experiments-for example- whereby someone’s judgement of another’s personality whether they consider them to be friendly or competitive correlates to whether they were handling a rough or smooth object at the time of meeting them (Bargh et al 2010); I am intrigued to find out what happens when people handle ceramic oddities.