andrea barker
My work expresses sensuality and femininity blurring the boundaries of the sculptural form and functional object. My collections of objects are designed for contemplation and the art of meditation and quietude…absence of noise, silence, stillness and simplicity. The Japanese call it Shibui. It is a notion of ideal beauty, simplicity and humility. My work attempts to express the validity of emptiness as an element of composition. I like challenging the material, the heaviness of clay and using it in unconventional ways, defying gravity, giving it a visual lightness and making it float. Most of all, my work is about memory; past cultures, lost language, disused rituals. Ceramics links us to the ancient world in a way few other materials can.

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view 2015 exhibition catalogue