My work is informed through urban and industrial environments. It explores concrete environments and the connection to people, place and time. The idea of ‘non-places’ such as the land below motorway intersections and abandoned industrial wasteland is explored. These places express a raw aesthetic through their concrete construction and can often be considered as unsympathetic locations. They are lonely places often devoid of human activity or social function; non-places. They can exude human feelings of isolation, anxiety and desperation; think Robinson Crusoe meets Chernobyl.
The work reflects the uncomfortable psychological element associated with such dystopian places and contemplates the traces that have been left by previous users; parts of industrial machinery, discarded materials and disused buildings. Form, material and human experience are central to the translation of these uncomfortable environments into sculptural, abstract and non-functional objects that celebrate and behold the unconventional beauty that these places evoke. The use of biscuit fired ceramic embraces the raw aesthetic, fragility and disquiet of these spaces, whilst the jagged and broken concrete translates the sadness, isolation and inescapable presence that these abandoned places or discarded objects can project. The work aims to celebrate the rawness of these isolated concrete environments. Using ceramics allows these objects a sense of beauty; a beauty trapped in these transient places.
The majority of my research is informed through personal photography. I am fascinated with elements of isolation, separation and abandonment and I try to capture the lonely physicality of such places and portray these through my ceramic work. I have a keen interest in concrete architecture particularly Constructivist and Brutalist forms. Simplicity, clean lines and repetition are an integral part of my visual and design process.