Ceramic plaques

I made these plaques when I was in a pretty dark place in my life…

I got so obsessed making them that I filled an entire crypt at St Mary in the Castle in Hastings. I called the installation ‘The Bridal Chamber’

I was going through a divorce, and for a while I was impressed by my own capacity for misery…but then I began to deconstruct my emotions.

…and I began to notice an almost automatic chain of emotions swamping me when I thought of ‘him’ or ‘my solicitor’.
And this is when I started to subject myself to subversive messages, playing with what caused me agony; symbolised here by the dolls heads…

A glyptodont is an extinct armadillo… it had me weeping for hours! and the Antigropelos – well, who knows what that is! The word was made up by Edward Gorey, that magnificent old artist illustrator of black humour cartoons.

Once  I saw that I can choose what I feel (well, a bit, anyway) – it got easier to snap out of my misery.

All the plaques are made of clay and smoke fired.

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About Anna

I am a ceramic sculptor living on the South coast near London, England. My work is influenced by my experience of the earth as a living being and seeing how we are all connected with eachother and with the things that surround us. I create ceramic torsos using molochite clay which I often smokefire in galvanised dustbins. I also make House Gods to protect and amuse, and Fat Birds - little smokefired sculptures that tell the story about what it is like to be a fat bird at peace with its surroundings.
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7 Responses to Ceramic plaques

  1. THey’re rather powerful. Hope you’re well out of it. But art ha an amazing capacity to lay things out so they’re visible, not necessarily heal but at least you can see it.

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  2. Anna says:

    Hi and thanks for your comment! Don’t you find that engaging in creating ‘art’ you kind of find out what you actually feel about something? I’m constantly amazed by what goes on inside my unconscious – and I wonder how much of what I feel is actually generated inside of me – and how much is part of the collective unconscious.
    Doesn’t stop me from feeling it though!

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  3. niasunset says:

    Dear Anna, although the feelings or thoughts behind them, they are so beautiful. If you wouldn’t have explained anything about these plaques, I would say that there was something so touches in them… I love your art, and your especially blue colours… I am impressed once again… Thank you dear for sharing with us, Love, nia

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  4. Anna says:

    Thank you, lovely Nia x

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  5. Sonel says:

    Wow! You are so talented hon. What a great way to let your inner child out…that’s how it looks to me. It’s like your inner child used your talent to get out all that hurt. These are stunning! Great art. 🙂
    *hugs*

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