As a multidisciplinary artist, I draw on materials and processes that have a relationship with the domestic setting. I feel that mimicking fabric and genitalia with vitrified porcelain juxtaposes the negative and weak, aged stereotypes associated with being a woman. Porcelain imitating fabric aims to represent the domestic but also give ambiguity with the folds to create a less obvious vaginal shape.
The ideas I have explored and everything I have learnt has helped me progress on a personal level as well as in my art practice. This body of work has aided me in becoming more comfortable in my own body. It is something that I and many others struggled with due to the amount of negative influences online and in the media. The mimicking and manipulation of the materials could also be seen as addressing how easily we are led into changing our bodies to become the ideal woman and to please others.
I like how her ceramic pieces work whether they are hung on the wall or mounted on a plinth within the home. When they are on a plinth they are reaching to become a domestic object which is how she wanted them to be, she wanted them to become part of the home. When they are on the wall, it becomes less about the domestic and more about the masquerade and the effect of the mask.
She was interested in masquerade and liked to create clay masks that give out minimal information. Their is the façade of the surfaces and then the not knowing of who really is behind.
The clay is trying to emulate animal skin, this imitation of material adds to the façade of it being a mask.
She used domestic materials simply because of the affective power of domestic environments and objects. But she also liked the process of making, the repeating process which again relates to the day to day living within the domestic, but also the traditional everyday domestic.
They are easily recognisable materials which I feel have an emotional attachment to the domestic space, things of importance to you within the home, things you use daily.
The way she uses the domestic materials and emulates the clay with animal textures it stops them becoming just domestic objects, they put up this façade of the traditional feminine with a new front.
Today, I finally managed to finish hanging my pieces. I would have liked to hang a few more on the lower left hand side of the wall but after another incident when one of the pieces fell and broke I decided that I was happy with what I had and it wasn’t worth risking anymore breaking.
When I started putting the pieces on the wall I decided to use nails with white tack on but after a few instances where pieces fell of the wall I had to re-think how I was going to get the pieces to stay on the nails on the wall. I decided to hot glue gun my pieces onto the nails, which isn’t ideal as I’m worried about how they’ll come away from the wall, but I felt it was safer than them coming of during the show.
For the degree show I thought it was important to have business cards so that if people wanted to get in touch with you about your work they could.
I also wanted to create a website but found that it was quite difficult to set up, I also wanted to make sure that I concentrated on making my blog and work the best I could. This is another reason why I found it so important to make the business cards.