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’ or collapse in the round. This work continues in 2021, as I make sculptures which seem to writhe uncomfortably in their skin, expressive of the anxiety and discomfort felt by many in recent times. Some works flow over the edge of the shelf or plinth.
Untitled, Fold series, green and green, 2019. Beautifully lit and photographed by Allan Hudson. Collection David and Allan Hudson
Most recent work:
Top l to r: two views, Fold series, tangerine and green, 2021, 19cm high; two views, Fold series pink and green, 2021, 24cm high. Lower l to r: two views, Fold series, green and green, 2021, 18cm, through drop; two views, Fold series, tangerine and green, 2021, 16cm high
Photos: © Bernard G Mills: www.bernardgmills.net
All ceramic work, text and site pages © Jane King