Artist in Residence
September 2013 – February 2014
I was selected to spend a six month residency at Bath Artists’ Studios, which culminated in a solo exhibition and artist talk.
Souvenirs give meaning to the past. Through these personal, sometimes kitsch objects, we commemorate a place and time and a desire to connect with history. Found keepsakes, often fragments, are taken home to serve as cherished talismans and displayed as small insights into our lives. The idea of tourists visiting Bath and wanting to take home a reminder of their stay, brought to mind my collection of holiday keepsakes, ranging from beach shells to bits of unearthed crockery. By taking impressions of famous Bath landmarks with clay, I have created my own porcelain records, fragmentary pieces of the real buildings.
The body of work produced aimed to offer a contemporary view of Georgian Bath’s visually rich and cultural landscape. It led me to take on the perspective of the tourist, in an attempt to observe the city, where I am a resident, through different eyes. By visiting all the city landmarks, I had not explored before, I became engrossed in the interior splendour and hidden stories behind the buildings that surrounded me.
These references were synthesized in a series of ornamental, mixed media pieces, including a porcelain chandelier that embraces the decorative and the decadent of a period in history that still determines the nature and character of Bath. The use of blue clay references Josiah Wedgwood’s showroom once found in Milsom Street to showcase the factory’s pottery to Bath’s aspiring inhabitants.
Old meets new in my use of 3D photographic technology applied to wall hung Wedgwood ceramic plates and to Georgian inspired wall paper design, combining a background of traditional soft duck egg blue with the repeated printed pattern of vague figures coming to life when the viewer dons a pair of 3D glasses; mythical figures manifest, normally embedded in the local architecture and not necessarily noticed by tourist or resident.
This stereoscopic digital printed wallpaper is available to order by the metre - please email to enquire.
These pieces have also been exhibited at 44AD Artspace, the Holburne Museum in Bath and Orleans House Gallery in London.