Slipjig - Alexandra Harley
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Artist: Alexandra Harley
Dimensions: 34 x 63 x 33 cm
Material: Ceramic, metal armature, wood, paint
Slipjig is constructed from multiple ceramic components which interlock and crumple the spaces between each one, along a single metal armature. The base plate is a slice of eucalyptus wood cut while it was ‘green’ i.e., fresh cut and not dried out. It has warped and twisted out of position while it was drying, usually a very slow and careful process. This time the wood was deliberately allowed to dry out very fast so that it would distort and mimic the turns and deviations in the clay. The clay elements dance up and along the armature, complex individual pieces in themselves that add to an intricate sculpture overall. All the wood is sourced from reputable tree surgeons.
Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize Sculpture Winner 2021