Expanding the Ceramic Field
variety of stoneware and earthenware ceramic objects and vessels decorated with earthenware and stoneware glazes, coloured underglaze, and cobalt oxide, concrete cast object, monoprint on acrylic on cartridge paper, acrylic on coloured paper, MDF painted board
78 x 39 x 17cm
This installation explores the tension between functional and the non-functional, image and object, ceramics and sculpture. Some objects may refer to traditional ceramic forms such as the vase or the cup, but with their “function” taken out of them. Madeleine is interested in stacking and layering her ceramic objects, creating playful “thrones”, “stands” and “pedestals” for her vessels, playing homage to the histories of sculpture and ceramics. She then layers these objects onto images that mimic the forms on top of them. Rosalind Krauss’ seminal work Sculpture in the Expanded Field (1979) provided inspiration on how the breakdown of medium specificity in the visual arts created new opportunities for artists, particularly those with an interdisciplinary practice. Due to her training in various mediums, Madeleine has gravitated towards the idea of collage – both literally and metaphorically; the collaging together of different mediums and forms of artistic practice.
Photograph by Madeleine Thornton-Smith