Voluptas, Black stoneware, handbuilt, glaze, various dimensions, 2020. Center, 7” x 5”x 5.5”. 18cm x 12.5 cm x 14cm Right, 6.5” x 4” x 4.5”. 16.5 cm x 10cm x 11.5cm Left, 6.5” x 5” x 5”. 16.5cm x 12.5 cm x 12.5cm
One of the ways I approach art making is to take a contemporary concept and use abstraction to create artwork that is both beautiful and challenging. I enjoy using a traditional coiling method, in Voluptas I use this method in a playful, sensual manner. In my practice I take inspiration from art history and apply these themes to modern day constructs. Voluptas is inspired by the decadence, glamour, nudity, blissfulness that I see in paintings from the Italian Renaissance, concerning Roman Mythology. Fashion advertising and pornography have become contemporary displays of beauty and pleasure. The negative impact of these modalities is more obvious than ever with the rise of social media. With a feminist perspective I create sculpture that celebrates female form. Asymmetrical, imperfect, sensual, elegant, curvaceous and voluptuous. I believe that we need alternative visual representations of beauty and decadence to counteract the destructive messages in popular culture. In this era it is a luxury to be and take pleasure in being oneself.