Katharine Morling, ‘animated life’

Katharine Morling creates animated scenes with an unusually dynamic appearance for the medium of ceramics. Morling describes these objects as 3 dimensional ‘sketches’ and the true nature of the material is at first, not immediately clear: paper or fabric? It is only through touching the sculptures the viewer discovers the material is clearly ceramic. This tactile experience brings the focus of the viewer to the material’s fragile reality and as the eyes re-adjust within this context, the surreal memories the material holds becomes apparent. These monochrome works are porcelain, hand-sculpted with black slip expressively painted in order to outline the objects, creating subtle details such as a handle or lock….