Facade II | By MMXX
H. 21 x W. 15 x D. 2 cm
MMXX is a collaboration between Francesca Vendramin (ceramicist, FV/Ceramics Studio) & Stephen Dow (printmaker, heraldblack).
Francesca, from Italy, trained at Central Saint Martins (BA Hons) while Stephen is from Ireland and graduated from the Belfast School of Art. They both live and work in London.
Their collaboration’s working name, MMXX, is a reference to two artists making in the year 2020 and the practice of dating architecture with the year it is built.
Their first project, MMXX.I, is influenced by a shared appreciation of Brutalist architecture, particularly the 1970’s extension to the Ulster Museum in Belfast which also features in the (de)construct series of monoprints by Stephen Dow. It includes wall mounted and free standing ceramic pieces titled ‘Facade’ and ‘Elevation’
The ceramic pieces were developed and made over a period of months at the ceramic studio run by Francesca in South West London.
Pieces are build from sheets of red clays. The clay is carved, textured and embossed to reflect structure and material qualities present in Brutalist architecture. The surfaces are treated with washes of metal oxides, painted with slips and a simple palette of tin and transparent glazes.
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