Every Route's the Same | By Alice Shields
Coloured Porcelain and Stoneware
H. 22 x w. 22 x d. 3.5 cm
About Alice Shields
'My practice begins with walking and the experiential process of the body’s movement through a landscape. I am drawn to liminal spaces and neglected areas of my city where the visual language is dominated by the industrial topography of its past and present. To warehouses and bridges, linear structures and pavements.
'Sections of walks are represented by blocks of collaged porcelain, arranged intuitively on the surface of an armature stoneware form, creating a complex visual language of mapping a location. Coloured stains and oxides are added to porcelain to represent colours observed within these sites; with block areas of colour highlighting specific sections of each walking route.
'Every Route’s the Same (2020) was made in response to the frustration and tedium of lockdown 2020. The restrictions of an hour’s walk each day, walking repeated routes, mirrored the increasing monotony felt in the rhythm of our daily lives. This square form with repeated strips of yellow porcelain arranged in structured rows embodied emotions felt; the process of making offered some catharsis to this period of time.'
Alice Shields is an artist based in Bristol, UK. She completed her BA and MA in Ceramics at Bath School of Art and Design. Since completing her post graduate studies in 2018, she has gone on to set up Clay Shed, a ceramics specialist studio in Bristol, which she co-runs with 3 other artists. Alice has previously exhibited across the UK in various galleries and shows and has worked closely with the Royal Academy, Southbank Centre and Neal’s Yard Remedies.
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