‘...imagining all the connections that the story contains: human beings in movement, along with everything they can make, think or believe. Nothing is ever quite new, or settled, or empty. Frontiers shift. Languages change. People migrate.’
The Edge of the World: How the North Sea Made Us Who We Are, 2014
There is a prevailing feeling that the world is getting smaller, we can travel at high speed across the globe and can communicate with people thousands of miles away in an instant. Despite this, we are increasingly removed from direct material connections. Britain is an island, though once it was connected to mainland Europe by the now drowned Doggerland, people could have walked across.
For AWARD at the British Ceramics Biennial 2017 I made [UN]WOVEN with the help of the network of connections from around Europe.
‘Hard Border’ woven stoneware, steel structure and ‘Pavers’ hand made bricks, each containing clayey soil sent from different places around Europe; bringing together the personal trajectories of the individuals donating the material, with each brick representing these connections and histories, forming a constitutive part of the whole artwork.
I will be returning with a commission for 2019 and hope to expand the network of connections: local and global.
If you would like to participate, you will need to collect a small amount of clay (or clayey soil*) - 120g minimum (dry or wet...around a large handful).
*clayey soil is sticky when wet and can be rolled between the fingers into a ball
Click on SEND CLAY below for further details.
Please send your clay (or clay-like soil)
'I set out walking map in hand, a ceramicist with large pockets and my rucksack heavy with alluvial deposits. The intention is to contribute to narratives of 'place', my ceramic practice is mobile and the process of making work is contingent on what is found, I collect and use estuarine mud, excavated clay, brick and rock fragments to make glazes and clay bodies which are regionally specific. I work with traditional techniques to make ceramic objects that connect maker with locality and feeds into a knowledge of place that is released through a creative process: It resides in a conversation between imagination and experience.'
ARE YOU ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE CLAY AND HELP TO MAKE [UN]WOVEN?
Map: Where are people sending clay from to make [UN]WOVEN ?