Vanity of the Bonfires

black and white drawing of figures falling

Vanity of the Bonfires George Eliot’s ‘Romola,’ set in Florence in the 1490s, but written in England in 1862, presents a society where public discourse, people’s everyday lives – their social life, in particular, and street politics were strikingly similar to our own. The public mood was volatile. The Medicis had been expelled by a…

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2+2=5

Poster with text and image of a pot

2+2=5 2=2+5 is the title of an exhibition at Not for Sale Gallery in Hackney Wick. The title is a reference to George Orwell’s use of the concept in 1984. ‘The Party’ adopts it as a fundamental tenet of belief to accustomise the people to receiving self evidently false information and eventually believing it. It…

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Vice and Virtue: the artists

Art gallery with exhibition

Vice and Virtue: the artists Vice and Virtue is a mixed media exhibition by six artists who respond in substantially different ways to the rising religiosity of contemporary social justice movements. Much of the work was made specifically for the exhibition which continues until July 26th at Ruup & Form. This posts introduces the artists…

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Everygender

Large decorated slipware jug with handle

Everygender, the Jugs Everygender’s Vision, (top right) The Avenging Vessel, (bottom left) both jugs 43×32 (incl handle,) x 27 cm Photo: Sylvain Deleu Everygender, comprised of four jugs, tells a pictorial story of my expulsion from Ceramic Art London in 2022 based on the Medieval Morality Play, ‘Everyman.’ Everyman, (1530) ‘Everyman’ is thought to have…

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Continental Brexit

Woman in a red tee shirt holding a vase

Continental Brexit, 2018 Continental Brexit, 2018 Private Collection 30h x 27w cm Materials Handbuilt pot, decorated in coloured slips both inside and out. Fired, smashed, and rebuilt with gaps so the internal imagery is visible. Clear glazed, with bright pink aluminium leaf edging the gaps to frame the internal imagery. How it began Every so…

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Pimp State

A3 Feminist Poster

Pimp State, 2021 Introduction Pimp State is both a bowl and poster. It is a dystopian feminist satire on what I imagine the State would look like under the ‘full decrim’ regime. ‘Full Decriminalisation’ refers to a proposed model of legal reform that seeks to decriminalise men who pay for sex along with all third…

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Vice & Virtue

Pottery vase, flask shaped, slip-painted, glazed

Vice and Virtue Introduction Vice and Virtue is the first exhibition I have curated. I  am grateful to Ruup & Form for hosting and supporting this new departure which runs from June 20th – July 26th, 2024. The six artists I selected have responded to my proposal that contemporary social justice movements are becoming increasingly…

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Mrs Magnitude’s Emporium

Woman Studio Conversation

Mrs Magnitude’s Emporium Introducing the  Artist, Kay Leseeleur Ara I got back yesterday from two wonderful days in Jersey viewing @kay_leseelleur exhibition at @arthousejersey This is Kay’s first ever solo exhibition – she’s 82 so it’s been a long time coming – and she has not only taken the island by storm, she’s put Jersey…

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