I am an artist working in London, a recent graduate of The Royal College of Art, and I use this blog as a way of thinking aloud and to consolidate ideas and themes in my work, as well as showing some of the work I am looking at at the moment.
Collaborative work by Behjat Omer Abdulla and Zachary Eastwood-Bloom, for the British Ceramics Biennial 2011 show “Stick-Up” at AirSpace Gallery.
For ‘Urban Decay’ Zachary Eastwood-Bloom and Bahjat Omer Abdulla have made a series of urn shaped raw clay vessels, filled them up with water and filmed the resulting outcomes. This project examines the notions of dependency and erosion with a wider metaphor relating to Stoke-on-Trent and the ceramics industry. The water in the vessels is dependent on the structural integrity of the clay body to keep it contained, however it slowly weakens the material over a period of time resulting in a loss of both vessel and fluid. This process is symbolic of the decay of Stoke-on-Trent as a result of the decline in industrial ceramic production. A place once heavily dependent on clay but now feeling the loss of its core material.
For more information about this project and other collaborative works form the other studio artists involved go to airspacegallery.org or britishceramicsbiennial.com