The pieces shown are inspired by Salgenreute chapel* which stands in a field on a Vorarlberg hillside in western Austria.
The chapel’s perfect proportions and minimalist interior create a serene meditational space that encourages reflection and brings the peace sought by humans in a fast paced world.
In this tribute to Salgenreute Everywoman emerges, individual, golden and creative, to continue the journey of life with confidence..
*Bernado Bader Architects, Dornbirn, Austria
Black stoneware clay with 24 ct gilded figures and gold lustre on the central piece. Height: 31cm
Contemplation, Inspiration, Incubation
Thoughts lead to ideas and concepts grow within the unknown interior.
These three pieces, made using heavily grogged terracotta clay, form chambers in which ideas grow and individuality develops.
The apertures represent the DNA that plays a crucial role in human development.
The facades are golden but the supporting walls are made of common clay forged by fire.
Smoke fired terracotta clay with 24ct gilding. H:40cm
Guarded Space 3
The golden but time-worn façade makes it difficult to assess the dark and mysterious interior. The perforations allow the viewer only limited access to the dark space within.
Smoke fired terracotta clay with 24ct gilding. H:50cm
The outer facade is richly embellished yet it is also decayed and altered by the passage of time and the forces of nature. The base material is beginning to push through the gilding. Meanwhile the apertures speak of a huge genetic inheritance and provide brief glimpses of the interior.
There are more questions than answers.
"The process of life is the unravelling of the truth about ourselves." Anthony Seldon
Wall piece or free standing. Smoke fired terracotta clay with 24 carat gold leaf H:24 W:51 D:4cm
Black Guarded Spaces
From the dark secrecy of the interior small gilded figures reach out into the world each on their own individual pathway.
Black stoneware clay fired to 1200C with 24ct gold lustre. Figures of corten steel with 24ct gilding. H: 12cm
Terracotta Guarded Spaces
Small golden figures step out boldly from their defended spaces.
Left: Smoke fired terracotta clay with 24ct gilding. H:12cm Right: Smoke fired terracotta clay. H:12cm Both pieces: Figures of corten steel with 24ct gilding.
Small Guarded Spaces
Everywoman steps out of an environment fashioned from common clay and made using techniques that are essentially European. At one and the same time she is unimportant but also deeply significant- a small but essential part of the whole.
i have spent most of my working life making tableware using these materials hence working with terracotta clay, slips and glazes has a special resonance for me.
Terracotta clay with white slip and blue earthenware glaze. Corten steel figures with 24 ct gilding.
Small Guarded Spaces
Everywoman/Everyman emerges from a small but strong protective home made from ancient materials and forged by the elements.
Terracotta clay with white slip and copper earthenware glaze. Corten steel figures with 24 ct gilding.
The wall-like towers suggest a fortified inner space, a home or a workplace, from which Everywoman/Everyman must emerge to engage with life.
Secrets, passions, lies and anxieties are left behind in the closely guarded inaccessible interior.
Terracotta clay with white slip and copper earthenware glaze. Corten steel figures.
Porcelain Guarded Spaces
Pathways or shadows emerge from the guarded spaces.
Where do they lead? Where is Everywoman?
Smoke fired porcelain.
The Terrace of Unknown Interiors
Light plays on the front of the terrace but hardly penetrates the interior.
Each pathway leads confidently to an interior but it is an unknown space.
Smoke-fired porcelain .
Three forms come together as one, supporting and enhancing each other.
Everywoman/ Everyman lives in a small community, nevertheless each home retains its individuality.
Time is Compressed: The Past, The Present & The Future
The past the present and the future come together to make the now.
Fire gives energy to these three buildings.
Terrace Of The Unknown Unknowns
Five small inhabited dwellings live in proximity; each space is guarded.
Smoke-fired porcelain with corten steel figures gilded with 24ct gold.