Above: 'Vessel II' detail

Vessel I

Silicone, 2020

22cm w x 22cm d x 9cm h

'Vessel I' was created in 2020 as an initial silicone-based interpretation of the traditional vessel form in craft and art history.

Layers of silicone were extruded tightly, rhythmically coiling, snaking and interlinking. A foot or base was made in a similar manner. After curing for 4 weeks, the work was assembled.

The resultant vessel form is both bowl and its contents, conjuring and shifting between associations with bodily viscera and edible foodstuffs.


Vessel II

Silicone, 2022/23

30cm w x 30cm d x 15cm h not including base

'Vessel II', features a glossy baby-pink silicone to emphasise the visceral/edible references that Vessel I evoked.

The overall form has higher sides and feet, drawing parallels with ceremonial bronze vessels from antiquity. Around the upper rim, fingers of silicone protrude from the lattice work of loopholes and the feet underneath are softly coiled cones that appear to almost collapse under the weight.

Intended potentially for future casting in bronze with a pink glossy painted finish, to confound the cold-solid touch response with its appearance as rubbery and soft.


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