Artist Statement: Revised
‘Wherever we are is where we are meant to be’
In loneliness there is safety from being disappointed. Everything, everyone, has the capacity to let you down.
Is it important that every language and every word is understood? Is it possible to feel connected, feel moved or empathise with things we don’t completely understand? Does every gesture have to be grammatically correct in order to be validated or legitimate?
There creatures exist in a divisive state of material conflict: jolie-laide, ugly-beautiful, honest-ambiguous… yet each one is exactly as it is meant to be. They feel vulnerable to the judgements and expectations of others, yet in loneliness they find a haven. If they rely on others to accept them, they must face the inevitable disappointment of not being good enough.
They are me.
Revised Artist Statement
“Loneliness is safety. Fear is disappointment. Everything, everyone has the capacity to let you down.
Is it important that every language, every word is understood? Is it possible to feel connected, feel moved or empathise with things we don’t completely understand? Does every word/artistic gesture have to be grammatically correct in order to be validated or legitimate?
These creatures exist in a state of material conflict: jolie-laide, ugly-beautiful, cute-gross, honest-ambiguous, yet each one is exactly as it is meant to be. Their world is a haven from the rationality and expectations of others. They accept their imperfections privately, yet they are shy and feel highly vulnerable to the expectations of others. In loneliness they feel their safest.
If they rely on being accepted by others they must change, adjust, edit themselves… or face the inevitable disappointment of not being good enough.
They are me.”
I work in ceramics but often using conflicting or disassociated materials and process, while expressing emotive narratives of loneliness and self-preservation, alienation and judgement. I enjoy being cheeky and defying conventions through my work, such as using car paint to colour my ceramics, rather than traditional glazes, or presenting my work on sugar, for example. My work is associated with jolie-laide, as well as pop art and design art, yet tries to make a statement about the apparent insistence of being absolutely understood or validated by others.
WIP Show Artist Statement
Ugly, uncomfortable, unfashionable, imperfect, out of place… it doesn’t matter – everyone is welcome. Although we are surrounded by talk of inclusivity and equality in our culture, why are these ideals of legitimacy often ignored when it comes to our things? There is a tendency to look a gift horse in the mouth; to hide the chipped mug; to separate our things into tribes of what belongs together and what doesn’t. ‘Sandbox’ intends to discuss this through sentimentality, empathy and zoomorphic objects, in a world where everyone is legitimate, none are turned away or separated. They all belong, they are all welcome.