My work is about investigating the shape of slip. I’m trying to find out patterns and shapes which representing slip. I also considering the specific methods to the specific features of slip. Method of making, material, and the pattern are the key elements of my work. Some of my work has vivid colour. Because I’m trying not only show the visible pattern of slip, but also want to show the inner pattern, the process of making.
I do not start my work with a very specific plan. I start with a general idea and then I follow the process and material. I pour the slip into the mould, turned the mould when slip settled as a layer. During the process, most of the time I wait and see. I enjoy seeing the slip flow along the mould. It is a very slow process. Time plays a very important role in my work. It decides how layer looks like and how the whole work looks like.
I get inspirations form the nature. I see every material object in nature has specific representative shapes. And the shape is made by the power which has strong relationship with the feature of material. I think the power is generated by the process of making in nature. Specific method relate to specific material. In my work, I mimic this process and trying to find out how the slip could loos like from its own features. On the other hand, theres no single way to representing slip. So I’m also looking for other ways of making.
Last week, on Tuesday, I went to the open seminar of Book Arts which I found really interesting. We went to the artist’s book room in Chelsea library and talk about some books in there. We were ask to introduce the book and because of the book is really strange, we have to predict something like ‘what does this book for’. I like the book of the actor or actress catalog. The artist cut off the face of each photo. I don’t know artist’s purpose, but to me it’s like without the face what do you have. Another book is a ‘Romantic novel’. Each word of that book was arranged by alphabet. It is surprising that the content of the book is very easy to understand, like we can know the character’s name by a large number of names appears. To some extent, it express some idea more directly as its simple context. and as a romantic story, It get use of people’s imagination in some ‘romantic’ time. To me, It’s not as difficult to understand as other english books…because I cannot understand others clearly ether:P
Last week, on the rest of 3 days after Tuesday, I attended to the language support at Holborn. It’s about speaking about your work. I found it really useful as it made me think about my work and give a presentation. I talked about the library show there and I think my purpose of showing these test pieces is showing the process. The process of making is art as well. On the other hand, there’s many art and beauty hide in every where. My work is like finding them and remade them.