CRAIG MITCHELL CERAMICS

My figurative clay sculptures are intended to be visual puns about the human condition. I like my work to be ambiguous and offer the viewer visual clues and use titles as a way into the true meaning. Narratives based on personal experiences and cultural observations draw the reader in a with a smile before titles or symbols suggest alternative, sometimes darker interpretations. 

The characters that I make explore the constant unravelling of events in contemporary culture as well as universal themes such as love, loss and the different roles people play in society. I respond to events in my personal life and in the wider world; snippets of conversation or words and phrases that I hear spark an image in my imagination. Nothing escapes scrutiny, chance comments, potentially insignificant interactions and day-to-day life get refracted through my imagination and is my way of relating to the increasingly bizarre reality which forms the fabric of our daily lives. 

At the core of each work is a message, for example I might ridicule conspicuous consumption, send-up pretentious behaviour, myself included or react to new technology with a nostalgic enjoyment of the vintage to create contemporary fables in clay. 

 

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