Head of Stolen Dreams
40 x 20 x 24cm
When you find everything is damaged and fallen to pieces, your dreams are frozen. All opportunity for the path you saw is gone. Here I wear a mask; a helmet of frozen possibility. My work investigates the human condition and our shared frailties. I often use human/animal symbolism that blurs the lines between what we understand as domestic and feral. My main practice involves working with clay and I hand build allowing my hand to show through the surface. I enjoy the unknown of glazes, stains and oxides and never get tired of the surprise of opening the kiln. I have always been interested in mythology and archetypal symbols. Utilising animal symbolism I investigate what it is to be human and our relationship to nature, environment and each other. To reflect on what it to be human, with all our beautiful frail and ugly truths is what I tap into and the clay itself seems to take on these feelings and depth. Recently, my path has been rocked by a major damage and this new work reflects my frozen state.