julia
mcneal
'Handle with Care' 2001 (46x26x20 cm)

This is one of my first attempts at a clay paper 'page' with a 'blown-in-the-wind' form. It needed to look thin and be strong. The texts were taken from advertisements and packaging, with some political material (...'political violence') The overall mood I see as rather up-beat and hedonistic, cut into, if you look closely, with a reminder of harsher realities.

The words were laid onto plaster through a silk-screen, yellow and white paperclay smoothed over in layers. I formed the piece by dropping the clay page over a sort of mop-head arrangement. The blue and white glazes were added at much later stages. .
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