Suitcase show that was first held at the conference in Gulgong and has now returned to us.
Trophies in our modern society can be markers or weigh points as we move through life. In this series of work, however, I am referencing the current obsession with being a winner, getting awarded, being the best. From the “Player of the Day Award” to the “Oscars” we only seem to value the winning. Even art shows, where people express so much that is personal and unique, have been turned into competitions.
I am making awards to celebrate the mundane and the obvious. The viewer is invited to interact with the object. The wheeled pieces can be pulled backwards and forwards by the handle. Its toy like qualities celebrating a milestone. They are on wheels so you can drag them around with you as a reminder of these mundane (but important to the individual), achievements. They could equally be interpreted as a reminder that you are better than others or that they are a personal celebration of your achievements, no matter how small. Everyone is a winner!
To add to their unlikely rational to exist in the first place they are constructed using contrasting clays, techniques and clashing colours. Thrown and hand pinched porcelain vessels, thrown wheels, wire cut gruntly solid blocks, and then some brightly coloured houses and knobs.As a craftsman I often make objects that only reach their potential when people use them, teapots, bowls, cups. They mean nothing if the viewer does not use them or at least visualize using them. This impulse in me has meant that when I am working on pieces that have a more sculptural intent I still want there to be a latent invitation in the work for the viewer to interact with it. This potential interaction, animates the reasoning and whimsy behind the work.