This beginning of a collection of works.. I’m not prepared for the clay to expand or to decrease with the drying process. Frankly. These are some small pieces that Esther and Abraham Hicks would describe as co-creations. That is – and these photos limit the view – pieces that combine elements of lots of artists and designers and writers and film makers that I’ve had in my visual playground since forever.
These look like very simple pieces that simply floated out of my imagination but actually they took time to think of, and I do think I was inspired by non-physical and meditation. And lots of album art, actually. Wait. That doesn’t begin to list my influences. I have packed a lot of art books into a suitcase for an old school but I’ve kept some that I can’t let go of yet. One is an Alphonse Mucha book that I bought when I was doing my GCSEs.
This is a piece of album art by a band called Tool. They are a very big deal in the instagram neu hippie wave and I imagine they’d resent that. Or secretly not resent it.
I think I was also inspired by this animatronic? puppet? in Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth
None of the above clay-forms that-I’m-unsure-will-be-successful were intentional or conscious at all, apart from the shapes I used to create the eye. Shapes formed in the clay and I went with them.
The format of the eye is heavily inspired by catholic iconography, which I’ve been obsessed with since forever – but also I’ve been trying to illustrate eyes using ~ unusual expressive angles. I think also I might’ve been influenced by a tattoo artist I lurked online – who was definitely influenced by me and so I think we can both consider it personal that I choose not to link his work. He built little tattoo machines. I once liked lots of his instagrams at once, in a time when people still connected it to their notifications, knowing he’d notice. He noticed. And actually it is significant in the use of lines. I used to draw like this a lot as a teenager that spent her weekends drinking alcohol by a bridge amongst lots of shops – the influence that a lot of tattoo artists must have had on my work. I think also that some of the ink on the surface of my tattoo on my thigh (I can’t remember this artists name) has started to bleed a bit. I don’t like it but also I do, it makes my tattoo look like he’s crying and his makeup is all mansony and smudgey. I want to make lots more versions of the eye using plaster of paris, as in this tutorial
The texture of the bag was also inspired by the Sorting Hat
I don’t know that this is the kind of clay that you can make small-scale work with.
The image above is Red Riding Hood as a piggy as a response to the Roald Dahl poem above. She’s on the phone to the third piggy, waiting for her hair to dry.
This (below) is a page in my sketchbook about how I understand ‘the game’. Some people will take it very literally and there’s little to take literally aside of “I try to exude the same person outside as I do inside”
By accident this clay-bunny (below) happened. Actually no, it was initially a piece of scrap clay that I found a form I liked in, that I thought could be a chihuahua that sort of resembled Tintin. Initially this bunny was an attempt at Tintin’s silhouette. Then I found that an ear I’d made could be a bunny ear. Then I added cupcake icing, because in a few meditations I kept being encouraged to think in cake.
was inspired by Beatrix Potter (my love of miniatures began with Sylvanian Families and the doll house Hunca Munca scene)
this Roald Dahl
At the end, Red Riding Hood exeunts carrying a pig skin carrycase which is what I made playing with clay earlier. I worry for the tail.
(The eyelashes were a purchase I made a year and a half ago, at the recommendation of Esther and Abraham H-T, theres a youtube video somewhere in which she describes the experience of happiness from having a fresh pair of faux eyelashes to wear every day. I extracted them from their glue fastened bits and poked them into what will become an eye.)
Fafi: a Parisian Graffiti artist
Miss Van, also a French artist
and the fifth character along’s everything
I imagine her character was somewhat inspired by this
This page from my Brighton Sketch Diary
As far as sublimation goes, if psychotherapy is your language: [“you can milk anything with nipples” – A disturbing quote from a dinner table scene in the film Meet the Parents inspired this]
In Denmark there was a metal cast gold bag that had been sculptured after a paper bag in the window of the art gallery I lived beside and I think it gave me a better appreciation for sculptures made of every day objects. I first saw a porcelain milk jug in the Tate Modern, I think, souvenir shop. It would’ve been about four years now. I spoke with the local gallery owner here who told me that some items are considered to be public domain. This was something I considered at Uni – I briefly mentioned that I was interested in the very simplest shapes that can be used to create a visual language form of lines/circles etc.
[Also: *grumble grumble* inability to trust entirely *grumble* that something I’m eating or drinking *death glare* hasn’t been laced with some kind of body fluid or sleep inducing drug.]
My work was also inspired by a piece I keep showing off on my blog. It is a ceramic hand emerging from ruffles by Seiko Kato.
Good luck to anyone showing work at Brighton Artist Open House. An artist I admire called Seiko Kato is selling art work, a book, traditional vintage kimono and all sorts of one of a kind items and art pieces that are affordable, but are so precious and carefully made that I think they’re an investment even if they’re marketed humbly.