Fabulous Fifi

My new body of work is a result of emotional responses to an experience both allegorically and literally. It involves the construction of objects and figures supported on ceramic tables and chairs. The concept of producing these tables and chairs has been heavily influenced by traditions of sculptures being placed on plinths for elevation and to bear the weight of such decorative structures. I am also exploring with the concept of producing three dimensional sculptural work to be hung on a vertical surface. My work has taken a journey to effectively extend out of the frame, thus leaving a more tactile surface for the viewer to enjoy.

My practice is concerned with the exploration of clay whilst also investigating the possibilities of a cross over of materials between glass and metal. I embrace the techniques and tradition of clay but am always attempting to push the boundaries of this versatile medium. Most of my work is built with paper clay, which often challenges the pre-conceptions of the clay process. Colour and texture are essential for the production of my work. With the combination of glass, enamels, glazes, slips and coloured clays I have acquired many special techniques to produce the vibrant colours that are necessary for my creations.

I predominately engage my artwork on my surrounding environment and have been heavily influenced by interpretation of places I have travelled to. By producing literal places advancing from landscape to urban culture and more figurative imagery, I feel this has been an ongoing process to explore the infinite possibilities of materials and to produce unique framed sculptural work. My work often has a dream like quality and floats between the realms of fantasy and reality. The transition from my early work has derived from the introduction of sculpture and exploration of material. Ultimately I am now attempting to create a narrative around themes of memory, nostalgia, metamorphosis and identity.

Shauna McCann