Artist Statment

Studying at the Academy, I have learned that ‘design’ is a domain which offers the potential to unite both my interests, and my passions.

I aim to create (more literally, to make) objects of beauty and meaning through an autonomous, circular process that is, if not autobiographical, then at least personally expressive and exploratory.

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My practice unites my love of image- making, improvisational music-making, and ceramic production, while exploring and embodying aspects of research into creative processes and the physical and psychological states associated with these processes.

My improvisatory music-making has taught me the importance of being alive to the potential of the accidental and the serendipitous, and this has been reinforced by my work with ceramics, with dynamics of control/no control,
and associated aesthetic traditions of imperfection.

Project Description

For my graduation work, I have developed a project, and related processes, to unite image-making, improvisational music- making, and ceramic production. Using music I have composed and recorded, or images I have created (chiefly, analogue photographs), I sought a way to express these as topographical ‘landscapes’.

Using digital fabrication techniques, particularlly 3D Modelling and Computer Numerical Control (‘CNC’) milling, I create plaster molds derived from these ‘landscapes’ , allowing me to transfer these detailed textures into the clay body. These slab bodies are then variously manipulated to create objects which are both acccurate expressions of the original source material, and of the improvised act of assembly into vessels and other forms.

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The body of work which has resulted, I have called GROOVE. GROOVE derives its name from musical improvisation (to be ‘in the groove’), the literal meaning of ‘marks’ or ‘scorings’ in a surface, and in the sense of ‘routine’ or working pattern. GROOVE is a suite of related ceramic works which derives from a specific source: one from an analogue photography, and the others from my own musical improvisation at the piano. Each of these families of objects has a name, and like a musical suite, the objects are separate ‘movements’ which are thematically and tonally linked.

The project has a focus on the ambiguity of intuition, and the nature of the intrinsic reward of creation. In particular, I am fascinated by the creative act. Where does the desire to create come from? How I do I account for a sense that something ‘works’ for me, or satisfies me? How do I optimise for these?

Graduation Final Pieces