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White stoneware, terra sigillata
32 x 60 x 31 cms
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An investigation into the Unknown and the emotions this precarious state brings into being. Janet's sculpture explores the external and internal, both physically and metaphorically. Openings, the junction between space occupied and contained, are reminiscent of mouths, entrances to narrow passageways or cavernous unknown interiors. These both invite and threaten simultaneously.
Upping Sticks: to pick up one's possessions and move to another place. These objects, whose beginnings at first referenced the humble stick, have become much more than the expression of the movement of people, the plight of refugees. Although ideas of journeys, of stepping into the unknown are still central to Janet's work, these forms also address our personal fears when faced with their strange, uncanny presence.
Using metaphors of familiar objects in abstract form, sticks, bundles, sacks, these pieces articulate the fragile and vulnerable state of displacement and dis-belonging. Of being confronted by the Unknown.
Janet is the Runner Up for the Rising Stars 2021 Award. She is based in Vari, Greece.