‘Bipolar’ is a fusion of individually sourced pieces exploring the juxtaposition between climate change and deep emotional relationships.
The work churns with arctic elements of cold, survival, and mortal peril. The emotional connection between mother and child elicits conflicting responses between the impending disaster of climate change, the natural instincts surrounding family and the dichotomy of concern for polar bears: a species that is dangerous to humans and that has been doomed to eradication by climate change.
All pieces are slip cast in white earthenware with mid-fire and low temperature glazes usually found in low art and commercial glazes. Such glazes are rarely found in galleries or fine art works. The blue glaze is known as a crawling glaze, exploiting a well-known glaze fault to a desired and sought-after effect.
‘Bipolar’ continues themes in Sophi’s work on the environment, layering historical themes and re-purposing of historical ceramics.
Materials: slip cast earthenware and glaze
Dimensions: 12.7 x 29.2 x 24 cm
Meet the Maker: Sophi Suttor
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