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Secret Conversations

Made in 2017 for a commission revolving around the theme of family secrets, this small series of 3 pairs develops ideas about archetypal narratives and storytelling. The figures feature characters from classic narratives in which secrecy has been a central issue. Romeo and Juliet represent the risks and fallout of secret love affairs, while Mr Rochester and Bertha Mason illustrate the shocking tale of his first marriage, that emerges in the novel Jane Eyre and which, over time, has become an analogy for something buried within the family that is never to be revealed. Oedipus and the Sphynx records the moment Oedipus solves the riddle posed by the Sphynx and safely marches towards his cursed destiny. After the parents of Oedipus learnt of the prophesy that would later form a key element in Freudian theory, they attempted to abandon him on a hillside to die, but a kindly peasant saved him and he became the secret child destined to kill his father and marry his mother. The figures are placed on small rock-like structures which allows them to hold their conversations while never actually fully connecting.

Photo by Sylvain Deleu
Secret Conversations: Oedipus and the Sphynx, 2017, ceramic
Secret Conversations: Romeo and Juliet, 2017, ceramic
Secret Conversations: Romeo and Juliet, 2017, ceramic
Secret Conversations: Bertha Mason and Mr Rochester, 2017, ceramic
Secret Conversations: Bertha Mason and Mr Rochester (detail), 2017, ceramic
Secret Conversations: Bertha Mason and Mr Rochester (detail), 2017, ceramic
Secret Conversations: Bertha Mason and Mr Rochester (detail), 2017, ceramic
Secret Conversations: Bertha Mason and Mr Rochester (detail), 2017, ceramic
Secret Conversations: Oedipus and the Sphynx (detail), 2017, ceramic
Secret Conversations, 2017, ceramic