Materials: earthernware clay and glaze
“-cosm”: varying dimensions
“Glistening”: 24.5cm x 31.5cm x 30cm
“Lophotrichous”: 46cm x 30cm x 37cm
“As Moonlight Fell II”: 39.5cm x 23cm x 14cm
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Artist’s comment: This series is the result of Emily Stapleton-Jefferis’s artist residency at The Leonora Carrington Museum in San Luis Potosi during September and October 2019. Inspired by Carrington’s interest in the alchemical transformation of matter as a parallel to the transformation of the self through an accessing of the unconscious (Jung, 19361). Along with the flora, geology and the folklore of Mexico, it draws upon the materiality of clay and glaze to explore states of flux and flow and transformation.
It plays with the plasticity of clay to explore structures and edges. Slippery structures which entangle the micro and the macro, from the bodily and the botanical, to the geological and the biological; structures which exist across all scales of our reality and which are rooted within our collective unconscious. Edges which tip and teeter between the familiar and the alien, the conscious and the unconscious, where the human individual dissolves into the organic universality of form.
Emily works between drawing and making, with a particular focus on the use of clay. Craft skills remain integral to Emily’s practice as she pushes her material knowledge to pursue an excellence of making. Her sculptural work primarily involves clay as a result of its plasticity, tactility and intimacy within our daily lives. The rich history of ceramics, the very fact it lies beneath our feet, and the transformative qualities of the material are also a constant source of inspiration.