My ceramic work looks at what it means to be a male in a diverse and fast evolving culture where masculine roles have changed much faster than the recurrent scripts that support them. This is my intention but I do not tackle gender politics head on, rather it forms the backdrop to the way I make things. At the present almost all my work is of (male) figures, this is a relatively new strand in my output. I want to use my sculpture and drawing artworks to explore the rich complexity of being a man in a post feminist age.
I took up drawing again a few years ago and work with charcoal and related materials. Drawing is so closely allied to creative thinking in so many processes and I naturally do it all the time without necessarily making anything of it (it's a means to an end usually). Then sometimes I just do it for itself which is more problematic (What's it for? What does it mean? Why am i doing this?) but then all forms of creativity set up dilemmas and problems that demand solutions.
In this blog I look at the process of learning how to get beyond the studio and engage with ideas, other artists and the wider public through writing. I aim to reveal key points about turning an art practice into one that has a public aspect, logging what that involves and how it affects the balance of my activities.
Subjects include: Being male, the men's movement, the complexities of working in an ancient medium in today's world, The creative cycle, the physical and mental health of artists.