Yesterday I took part in an interview about my piece ‘Is It Yoppul? The Fate of Island Speech’.
Next week I will be installing a work investigating the fate of the Isle of Wight dialect.
My practice is centered on discovering the locational identity of place, often by investigating the qualities of local materials. In this particular work, Is it Yoppul? The Fate of Island Speech, I use sound – the material of oral language – to depict current trends in the Island’s unique dialect.
Building up natural ‘accretion’ by layering slip – something I’ve seen performed by Felicity Aylieff – is a mesmerising processes, demonstrated in this video by The Haas Brothers. The repetition of an action to create a form. Simple and stunning.
Having started a part-time MA in Ceramics last year I’ve been using another platform for my thoughts, methodologies and musings. You can find out what’s happening here.
When I started this project about love, I thought that it would be a simple, but delightful task; drawing all the people I’ve ever cooked for. But of course there are people I no longer cook for. People who are no longer with us, people who I have fallen out of love with or people who have simply moved away and I see more rarely.
The difficulty though is that when drawing a person, I cannot help but remember them. This intimate act brings all kinds of memories of that person flooding back from the past; their mannerisms, their voice, our shared experiences – some delightful, some painful. A bitter sweet recollection.
And although I feel the ache of missing them I am delighting in reacquainting myself with all the people of my past. Here are some lovely people, some I haven’t seen in over 10 years…but still not forgotten.
A few quick sketches and choice photos from a busy trip to Malta last week. Inspiration for some ceramic decoration.