I couldn’t be in Derby last week as I had to go home to work and earn some money. I also had my 'Domestic Dystopias' paintings on show. 'Domestic Dystopias' are a colourful series of large paintings using bitumen paint that are about homes, women, children. Intended to be dark and funny, I realise I’m not entirely happy with the overdramatic use of ‘dystopias’. I had merely wanted to question ideality in the home and play with the opposite of Utopia. So I asked: ‘What lies in between ‘utopia’ and ‘dystopia’? My husband said: ‘Everyday life’. Not such a catchy title though.
Today I just want to be able to sit in the studio and make new work. I’m still surprised sometimes that I make figurative work yet figures ‘perform’ in ways that I can’t. We feel, empathise and respond to the movements and gestures of other humans - and I think to mimetic sculpture and drawings too. The small clay figures take a long time to create. They must ‘fit’ an object and tell a story of their own. The figures can be kitsch, classic, awkward, fragmented yet the stoneware clay always has a classy aesthetic - once fired.
These small sculptures do not illustrate the stories literally. They might link or be inspired by stories that I am collecting from people about their domestic lives