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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 for 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.

Photos by Kate Forrest, David Ward and Steve Russell

Fragments of Narrative at Wapping Power Station, 2000
Prometheus 2000, brick clay
Prometheus, detail, 2000, brick clay
Prometheus’ Helper, 2000, brick clay and steel
Red Olympia, 2000, brick clay
White Minerva, White Pygmalion and Red Galatea, 2000, ceramic
Resource Clay, 2000, brick clay
Fragments of Narrative at Wapping Power Station, 2000
Golem, 2000, brick clay
Kalos Thanatos, 2000, ceramic
The Transformers, 1999, ceramic
Heads from the Glyptotek, 2000, ceramic
Pygmalion, 2000, brick clay
Glyptotek Head, 2002, bronze
Lost and Found, 2008, ceramic and bronze