Typology Artist Statement
7 Oct 2010
Typology is a series of architectural ceramics based on studies of Brisbane’s older urban fabric. In 2009 I created one of these ceramic sculptures, ‘No Room in the Boom (or Bust!)’ for the White Heat Exhibition in Sydney. Typology is a collection of these hand-built slab pieces published as part of an online as a feature on the Australian Ceramics website in October 2010.
In contrast to my organic, landscape-focused coiled work, this is an evolving stream of my arts practice that draws on studies of urban environments. The pieces are more architectural in form and created using the technique of slab-making. I used the theoretical concepts of type and morphology to design this artwork.
type and morphology
Architects interested in type might study the forms and architectural elements inherent to a places history. In contrast morphology can be defined as the study of physical form with the social and environmental forces that shape its very being. Put simply, I use these concepts as an artist to record some historically and socially important architectural forms before they disappear.
I approach my arts practice from a background education in architecture and anthropology. I understand my research and practice to be positioned in the cross-disciplinary field of people/environmental studies. My arts practice enables an ongoing and creative investigation of contemporary people/environment theories.