On the run up to the start of term, I have feel I have been working with a different kind of attitude towards making. Term 2’s output felt very forced and objective, to the point where I was trying too hard to formulate a functioning brief, rather than making something I feel engaged or passionate with. Instead, over the Easter break I had been making work that I wanted to make, with no rationale other than ‘I made it because I wanted to’.
Perhaps there is something to this statement: something that gives a truer insight into my sub-consciousness perhaps?
The work I made could be categorised as non-functional objects (often in ceramics) – some of which were figurative/recognizable objects, whereas others were more abstracted. I made the following objects:
- Twisted aluminium wire figure with obsolete electronic plug for a head
- Small ceramic blob creature, with a hole for a face
- Thrown ceramic bowl, filled with a fragranced wax candle
- Scrap wood ‘cubist’ self portrait, using only 10 pieces
- A ‘dinosaur bone’ image using heatpress-melted cellophane
- A larger ceramic blog creature, with felting-wool coming out of its face
- A series of slipcast cactuses in various inorganic colours, which maintain their casting edges
- A ceramic sandwich, where golden glaze is used instead of jam
I am unsure as to why these objects were chosen other then out of a whim or gut feeling perhaps, however I seem to be drawn to fairly recognizable objects (sandwich and cactus in particular). I am also somewhat keen to play with size differential between the objects, and against their real life counterparts – again I am unsure at this point as to why I have made these decisions, beyond gut feeling or intuition.