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 take an improvised approach to drawing, I see this as one way of accessing hidden and masked aspects of my consciousness and our collective mind. Like most drawing this is a non verbal process and calls on aspects of thinking that may defy logic. The work uses patterns, rhythms and simple shapes and would be abstract were it not for the frequent appearance of shadow, modelling and depth cues which lead me to suspect that this work as also essentially figurative.
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.