Fragments of Narrative
The opportunity offered by a large scale commission from WPT at the Wapping Project to make a body of work for Wapping Power Station in 2000 developed ideas about scale and response to site. Using clay as a metaphor or origin through characters from mythology such as Prometheus, Pygmalion and the Golem this series of work reflected the former use of the power station as a source of power and animation. Small editions of heads and busts were subsequently cast into bronze, a material that shares a long relationship with clay through the process of casting and the metaphorical associations of transformation through fire. A series of heads from this group entitled Lost and Found were made using fired clay and molten bronze in a collaboration with Pangolin Foundry in 2009-10 in which the material interaction contributed to the final outcome.
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Photos by Kate Forrest, David Ward and Steve Russell