Jane King

Jane King

My small ceramic sculptures combine opposites of form, texture and colour as metaphors for perfection and control versus imperfection and chaos. I am interested in the contemporary obsession with seeking control and perfection in all aspects of our lives, and am fascinated by the tendency, prevalent on social media, of masking the chaos of real life through the presentation of curated and carefully managed online identities, which generally only highlight success or positive news. I explore these ideas through the physical characteristics of my sculptures.

Clay can be a precise or messy material when worked in different ways, using different processes and degrees of control. Glazes have a soft organic quality as opposed to the harsher, ‘manufactured’ appearance of vivid acrylic. For me, these opposing characteristics are interesting when combined dynamically in the same object. In my sculptures, brightly coloured, neat acrylic surfaces contrast with dark, messy, folding, collapsing or flowing sections.