'Art is a gate, not a product' - Robert Creeley, poet
I am really tired of my work being referred to as a 'product'...as if it is any kind of object manufactured or refined for resale...any ideas on a better description?
I am thinking of the word 'artefact' - an object made by a human being, typically an item of cultural or historical interest.(Dictionary description)
So here are some of my newest artefacts...where I have continued to be inspired by West African textiles, in particular Fante flags and Egyptian appliqué work. Naïve and whimsical images, both figurative and abstract, are depicted sometimes accompanied by random and often cryptic excerpts of poetic text. Colours are bright, primary and the application is graphic and crisp.
Material used is charcoal earthenware, press-moulded and handbuilt, with underglaze colours, underglaze pencil and transparent glaze. Both utilitarian and decorative, in these works I am exploring a sense of light, colour and joie de vivre.