I make small ceramic sculptures which combine opposites of form, texture and colour as metaphors for perfection and control versus imperfection and chaos. Through my work I explore the contemporary obsession with seeking control and perfection in all aspects of our lives. I’m interested in the tendency, prevalent on social media, of masking the chaos and messiness of real life, through the presentation of curated and carefully managed idealised identities, which generally only highlight success or positive news. My sculptures use physical metaphors to set this obsession in opposition to the chaotic and imperfect nature of daily life.
In 2020, I began to develop the ‘folded’ forms first explored in 2019, this time seeking to create objects with a sense of ‘folding’ in the round. The collapsed and surging forms represent chaos and disorder, and seem apposite in the current times.
Most recent completed work:
Untitled, Fold series, green and black, 2020. 18cm high. Ceramic, with earthenware glaze and acrylic
Untitled, Fold series, pale pink and black, 2020; Untitled, Fold series, pink and denim blue, 2020. Both 18cm high. Both ceramic, with earthenware glaze and acrylic
Untitled, Fold series, pale pink and black, 18cm high; Untitled, Fold series, green and green, 12 cm high; Untitled, Fold series, green and denim blue, 18cm high; Untitled, Fold series pink and denim blue, 18cm high. All 2020. All ceramic, with earthenware glaze and acrylic
Photos: © Bernard G Mills: www.bernardgmills.net
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