CURRENT EXHIBITION: NEW CRAFTSMAN, ST IVES. 27 MAY - 1 JULY
TOPOGRAPHY OF A LANDSCAPE
"history lies before the eyes of the observer as a petrified, primordial landscape" Walter Benjamin
A recent visit to Iceland inspired this new body of work. The strangely addictive beauty of Iceland’s other worldly landscape left a lasting impression. A country of ancient, petrified lava fields, austere horizons of black volcanic rock and steaming geothermal pools contrasts dramatically with snowy white peaks, glacial tongues and icebergs on a glacial lagoon that create a constantly shifting landscape.
In my studio I have surrounded myself with photographs from the trip and gradually, working from memory and observed detail, ideas have evolved in terms of form and surface decoration.
Some pieces have become more sculptural with undulating walls and rims that mimic the outline of patches of snow in my photographs, a reflection of receding glaciers and a reference to climate change so clearly evident in the topography of the Icelandic landscape. Take a horizontal cross section of the many stunning waterfalls and careful observation sees this shape repeated.
The colour palette reflects Iceland’s hues, mainly black, greys, whites, and blues. The painterly exterior and dribbled crackle glaze reference waterfalls and landscape.
The porcelain paper clay Nail Vessels at the bottom of the page are part of my ongoing work.
See my Blog for Iceland photos.