group of 9 objects on a shelf 35 x 110 x 30cm
This piece is from a new body of work which continues to explore unusual objects with uncertain origins building on my last show, Shed Assemblage, at Craft in June 2013. However in this body of work there is a minimalist vantage with a more direct link to form and ground as found in the still life paintings of Georgio Morandi, the Italian modernist painter (1890 to 1964). Morandi’s paintings have influenced many artists and have captivated me for decades. The process of using Morandi’s paintings as a starting point for a ceramic still life series appealed because it allowed me to follow a colour palette and a tactile way of working that is simpatico to my work. Morandi’s ability to say so much with line, colour, shape, form and negative space was a tempting puzzle for me to solve when creating a 3D body of work that speaks that same language. This work presents a range of forms that intersect and relate to each other through colour and shape, highlighting relationships between forms. Plain forms intersect with more adorned forms, some are flat colour blocks and others have more lines within them. The finish of the work imitates the texture and soft lustre of oil paint. My work is strongly influenced by painting and drawing and is evidenced by this; my attempt to create a 3D painting.