Name & Concept of Artwork 作品名稱與設計理念
Concept of artwork 設計理念:
Of Lace and Porcelain gets its title from the fine extrusions of white porcelain, as if it was lace. A tribute to my past, the comforts of tradition and the craft of Maltese lace making. My work explores the relationship between conflicting themes; traditional and contemporary, stability and weakness, order and chaos. Each side has a little of the other; there are no clear solid boundaries, and that overlap is where I draw most of my inspiration from. I express this conflict by subverting the process of clay 3D printing, transforming the uniformity of it and ultimately pushing clay to unexplored territories. The manipulation ranges from a minimal glitch in the programme to warping involuntarily when being fired in the kiln. As shifting forms become more unique at every level of manipulation, each piece takes on its own identity.
Having lived on the small island of Malta all my life meant that I was constantly surrounded by family and tradition. Leaving the constant heat of the Mediterranean sun and building a life in the metropolis that is London has exposed me to a vast number of resources and opportunities. This sudden shift from the traditional streets of Malta to a more urban city impacted my work the most. I think of my work as being somewhere in between absolute lack of control and interposed manipulation. Without either of these, there would not be a final piece. The most challenging thing about my work is knowing when to stop experimenting and testing out new ways of making and instead start focusing on creating finished work. I try to balance out my love for material investigation and my desire to translate my findings into idealised pieces. While this proved to be challenging in the past, this shift from one way of thinking and making to another has proven to be the most interesting aspect of my work. It keeps me interested in what I am doing and also allows my work to continuously develop.
高鵬 Peng Gao
Director of Today Art Museum
Course Director of Ulster University BA Hons Ceramics, Jewellery & Silversmithing
Senior Tutor Research of Royal College of Art
Professor, Hongik University
Creative Producer of British Ceramics Biennial