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.
Most recent completed work:
Untitled, Fold series, green and black, 2019. Ceramic, with earthenware glaze and acrylic. 12 x 18 x 28cm
Untitled, Fold series, pale pink and green, 2019. Ceramic with earthenware glaze, acrylic and sand. 17 x 27 x 17cm
L to R: Untitled, Fold series, pink and black, 13 x 18 x 10cm; Untitled, Fold series, green and green, 14 x 25 x 14cm; Untitled, Fold series, tangerine and black, 15 x 20 x 19cm. All 2019. All ceramic, with earthenware glaze and acrylic; pink and black piece with addition of sand
L: Untitled, Spill series, pale pink and green, 2019. 20 x 21 x 15cm. R: Untitled, Spill series, pink and blue, 2019. 12 x 22 x 24cm. Ceramic, with earthenware glaze and acrylic
MK Calling, installed at MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, is currently closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Gallery will reopen on Sept 11 until 1 Nov 2020. I am exhibiting 5 works in this exhibition, two made especially for the show referencing the architecture of Milton Keynes.
Photos: © Bernard G Mills
All ceramic work, text and site pages © Jane King