Name & Concept of Artwork 作品名稱與設計理念
Concept of artwork 設計理念:
A keen birdwatcher, I am aware of the decline in some British bird species. I work to raise awareness of Red List British bird species. My images rely on the visual similarity of fossils to the low relief method of ceramics sprigs, creating a metaphor for the threat to our native birds’ existence. I make convex and concave imagery, echoing the appearance of fossils. The pieces are part of a body of work entitled ‘Future Fossils’.
I am a designer-maker working in ceramics. An experienced professional illustrator, I now use my illustration skills to carve and model my drawings into clay. I make my own plaster moulds and slip cast each piece in either porcelain or parian clay. I reference the traditional processes employed in Wedgwood’s Jasperware, combining sprigged work with clean contemporary shapes. A keen birdwatcher, I am aware of the decline in some British bird species since I was a child in the 1960s. I work to raise awareness of the conservation status of Red List British bird species. My images rely on the visual similarity of fossils to the low relief of ceramics sprigs, creating a metaphor for the threat to our native birds’ existence. The pieces in this exhibition are part of a body of work entitled ‘Future Fossils’. They demonstrate different approaches to expressing the extinction threat to British birds. The small skylark vases depict a British Red List species, the white feather vase uses fossil like feathers as an emblem of all birds and the medium vases present a Dodo, a symbol of bird extinction together with current threatened species. I am is based in Cheshire, UK.
Senior Tutor Research of Royal College of Art
向勇 Yong Xiang
Professor of School of Arts, Peking University
Vice Dean of Institute for Cultural Industries, Peking University
Director of MIC Faenza
Former Director of Porzellanikon
Staatliches Museum für Porzellan
Director of the Ceramic Research Center in Hongik University