Dark Matter Project, Lizard Point Residency 2019
In 2019 I developed a body of work in response to a residency I attended at Lizard Point in Cornwall and my wider research into the notion of darkness in material.
I was interested in the experience of natural darkness, of the psychological effect of being in darkness and the visceral effect of dark textures and objects. I wanted to make objects that alluded to sense of depth and connection with the wider universe you have when looking at the starry night sky.
The resulting artwork consisted of 2 groups of objects. The first a collection of 'dark pools', which were large dishes containing strange black textures and surfaces, resembling pools of liquid and allusions to starry skies. I used some iron rich rock samples collected at Lizard Point in the glaze as it added to the dark tones of the glaze.
The 2nd group was a collection of spherical forms in varying degrees of decay or growth, referencing geological elemental features and the planetary scale.