Modern Perils, 2023
Earthenware with sgraffito.
Modern Perils is a series of ceramic vessels which tell stories relating to current human experience. Inspired by mediaeval artwork and folk storytelling, I explored creating my own language through illustration, symbolism and sculptural elements. Each vessel in this series was slab built with earthenware clay, with hand-built spikes and flames attached one by one around the borders of each piece. The surface of each vessel is carved using the sgraffito method, creating illustrations with fine details.
Narrative ceramics have existed for centuries, allowing us to learn about the myths and rituals of the past. Although our lives have changed drastically, we must pass on our own mythology as we find our way through this strange, technological era. From frightening algorithms that compete for our attention, to the cost of living, and the climate crisis, which threatens our very existence, Modern Perils explores the confusing, complex, and vivid experience of life in the 21st century.
Thank you to Jo Crawford and Sam Gold for passing on your knowledge and guiding me to this point. Your belief in me and my creative vision led me to so much artistic growth.
And to Ethan James and Wee Shiang Tay for your constant moral support, reassurance, and advice. I am so lucky to have been surrounded by such an amazing community of peers.
This work was created on Kaurna Country.