06/09/2023 - 28/10/2023
Contemporary - Ceramics & Sculpture
Phoebe Collings-James - bun babylon; a heretics anthology
'bun babylon; a heretics anthology', Phoebe Collings-James’ latest exhibition. The figure of heretic is one that has historically been weaponized as outsider, truth-sayer and traitor, yet the heretic can also be a symbol for revolt, a beacon around which collective action organises.
Hand carved roulettes (referencing various African pottery traditions) are rolled across the surface creating repeat patterns and words. Fingers and tools produce further text, imagery and patterns, in oxide colours and tin glazes, punctuating the surface of purple-hue fired red and black clays.
Acknowledgement of Caribbean resistance and consciousness is vital for this new body of work, as is an ongoing desire to understand the materiality of clay—part of the artist's reckoning with how to live in the mundane yet licking flames of the metropolis.
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