Alice Shields

 Student profile 

Course: MA Design: Ceramics

Artist's statement

My practice begins with walking and the experiential process of the body’s movement through an urban landscape. The rhythm of my pace is constant. It is linear. It is interrupted by something encountered on the pavement, another pedestrian, a set of traffic lights. This sequence of lineal continuity is forced to stop. Momentarily. And then the pace continues.

The monotony of a well-traversed commute provides opportunity to slow down and observe. To appreciate beauty within the mundane and repetitive aspects of this locale. Taking the time to observe the minutiae of detail and the subtlety of changing phenomena in both a physical landscape and the material of clay itself has become central to my practice.

Production is inspired by forms observed within this landscape and by the physical act of walking. Repetition of pace is explored through repeat mark makings on clay. Objects encountered within this site are collected, cast and re-appropriated into a series of porcelain tools used to make these marks. A constructed body of ceramic forms are then assembled upon the wall, creating an interactive dialogue about place and process.

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