Through a series of drawing workshops with family, friends, and colleagues we explore the question: what objects from our lives do we value and why? Influenced by archaeological ceramics, drawing games and social histories I have created several ceramic and glass sculptures. These sculptures act as an alternative portraiture, not depicting images of people, but instead helping us consider ourselves through the objects, patterns, and shapes that we surround ourselves with, entwined and abstracted in our memories.
RUTH (JUNIOR’S) RUCKSACK
“It seems to come everywhere with me, even when you wouldn’t really need to bring a rucksack. I’ll pop out for a short walk and have my rucksack. I’ll go to the shop to get one item and I’ll have my rucksack.”
Ruth Watson, 28, Reading.
I chose to draw a gum shield because I feel it
is a great representation of rugby and the joy I feel when playing. I chose to
draw this one because it's an item that I've had and replaced many times in the
fifteen years that I have played rugby. The gum shield I used as reference is
the brand that I have used most consistently and have felt the most comfortable
using. For me no alternative has beaten it.”
Jacob MacCormak, 24, Highlands.
“The little silver jug you’re looking at, I’m very fond of it. My husband and I, John, bought it for his parent’s silver wedding. Which must be a long time ago now, I can’t remember the year, and I’ve liked it ever since”
Ruth Watson, 94, Cumbria
“The name of the pot I drew is Sankofa. It reminds me of the first pot I made when I went to Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. In my first year we were taught modelling processes in clay, and using pinching methods I made this pot. I was pleased with the finishing I gave to it and have kept it for a long time. The pot became a stepping stone in my ceramics career.”
Anthony, 32, Sunderland
“This is not a sound I grew up with, its one that found me, and it found me through a hat! ... With each piece of informational discovery, this hat was becoming a part of me, Millwall was taking over, and I was loving it!
Ed Moody, 32, Glasgow
“My house keys represent somewhere safe and homely for me and my husband to live in. My car keys enable me to travel to work, the supermarket and now that COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, go and visit friends and family that I haven’t seen for ages... the last thing on my key ring is the fob from the 2012 Olymics which is a nice reminder of that Olympic summer.”
Suzie Williams, Sunderland
For me, bringing that dish out of my cupboard and filling it with homemade strawberry or raspberry jam and presenting it on the table with afternoon tea... just takes me back and brings me great pleasure.
Karen, 61, Essex
All Participant Drawings