pages 102 - 105

Chelsea College of Art, London (2016)

 

The past is a form of language; a text that can be re-read but also reconfigured.  It is neither static nor fixed but a contingent, malleable substance.

These peculiar utensils are reconstructions of dairy tools, translated from illustrations within an antique ‘Encyclopaedia of Agriculture’ I inherited from my grandparents, descendants of a long line of dairy farmers in rural Anglesey.

Realized in wood they defy logic and cease to have function. They may at first appear ‘tool-like’ in their quality but upon closer inspection, this understanding is ruptured; frustrated by their illogical proportions and confusing utilities. They exist as approximations, echoes of their original drawings. As with language, what is explained in one verse does not always translate so seamlessly into another.

Each component is carefully hand-crafted and made entirely of recycled pine and plywood.

- E X H I B I T I O N S -

Cusp - Ruthin Craft Centre (2017), Portal - Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre (2016), The Exhibit Graduates - The Exhibit, Balham, London (2016), Y Lle Celf - The National Eisteddfod, Abergavenny (2016), Chelsea College of Art Undergraduate Summer Show - London (2016), Translations - The Cookhouse, Chelsea, London (2015).

- A W A R D S -

Shortlisted for the Young Artist's Scholarship at the National Eisteddfod, 2016.

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