The way we were

Challenge

As modern life plays out we always seem

to be short of time. But we adapt and get

on - the past is forgotten and it’s traditions

gradually abandoned. The 70s & 80s hold

fond memories for me. It was a time when

families would regularly gather to celebrate

shared love, diversity and history. This

piece is homage to the family - to coming

together: to the playing, talking, laughing,

eating, drinking, joking and stories being

passed from one generation to the next.

It’s a celebration of how were and are!

Process

Hand-made ceramic stoneware figures finished with glaze are created in positions representing typical narratives. These are personal perspective stories of growing up through the '70s & '80s. In those days families would congregate more often for anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas, BBQs and so on. During these occasions, stories would be passed from generation to generation. Cousins would play together, and jokes would be told. Relationships were strong and the family remained close.

We have lost that sense of family, the relationships for the new generation, and possibly forever. It's been lost to on-tap 24hr based entertainment, social media, faster-paced lives, and living ever further apart.

'The way we were' pays homage to those wonderful days gone by and holds them in semi-permanence through these unique sculptures.

Materials

Stoneware handmade figures are finished in a white glaze and housed within a concrete plinth. These sculptures and made to measure and can incorporate a client's own family experience. 

I once made enough figures to fill a continuous line for 8 meters. It did give me repetitive man syndrome!

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