The Babushka or Matryoshka traditionally shows a woman containing many smaller people like children inside. I like the idea of using the same symbolism to show the idea of many people within a person, or the many different sides of a person. The happy, sad, dark and light . The many layers we contain.
The object is slip cast and modeled in white earthenware.
While we are fed images of the ‘perfect body’ on a daily basis I think it is right to emphasise that in the end we are all just skin, bone, hair and fat. These photos were made to explore the human body as it is, in a very matter of fact way without reference to ugliness or beauty. This was my starting point for Premaruupa and a celebration of all things ‘imperfect’. See projects.
Based on one of my own mementos , a plastic pregnancy sick which was the first confirmation that my daughter existed, and I felt a beautiful form in itself. I wanted to remake this stick into something that looked precious, and so reflected my feelings about it.
It was remade into this jewellery- like object, using 3D printmaking, and from a form made on computer aided design, It is gold plated and contains two pearls from my mother’s broken pearl necklace, which had been in turn left to my daughter. This seemed to unite the three generations in the piece. I chose the black and red box as it felt very womb like, and so seemed to fit the project.
In the Reading room of the Scottish National Gallery are a hypnotic set of plaster casts based on Victorian ideas of phrenology and how facial features can be read to reveal the character of the person. It brings up all sorts of questions about how we judge a person according to look, and the labels we attach to people.
It was interesting how, in the life plaster casts made, some models were resisting ( Male Typical Celtic) and others placid and compliant. Nothing much seemed to faze ‘female extreme cunning’!
Reading between the lines – ceramic and digital photograph 2016
Reading between the lines – Digital photo 2016
Locked in – Digital photo 2015
A mixture of slip cast ceramic anatomical hearts with crumpled letters. I liked these forms and combined them in this piece entitled ‘Reading between the Lines’. They tell a story. I like the fact that it may be a different story for every individual and not one of them is right or wrong.
A collaboration between myself and poet/ writer./ artist Maureen Sangster . A country lane near my home was the stomping ground of generations of young people and children all who left their marks on the trees. These form a timeline from 1948 onwards. The visuals were taken and edited by myself and the poem produced in response to the place and my images by Maureen. This film was shown in Cupar Arts Festival 2010 in The Silo and on Cupar Bandstand, as well as Stanza Poetry Festival, St Andrews 2011.