My aim was to explore the idea of giving up smoking as a narrative through the medium of ceramics, to produce works that promote a connection between clay, and the sensitivity of the human body, its fragile qualities and its ability to be corrupted. Processes used portray the damaging effects of smoking on the body. To overall create a transition of physical objects, representing how the human body can be more pure by not smoking, promoting how we as individuals have control over our bodies to give up, before it’s too late.
My work explores the true aesthetic of clay, using beautiful and smooth, slip cast, porcelain forms to represent a pure, untouched human body. My pieces consist of various experiments showing the effects tobacco materials have on clay, specifically how they manipulate porcelain and form. The aim was to create a contrast between beautiful clean objects, with damaging effects caused by processes using tobacco products, promoting ‘the ‘dematerialization’ of the art object as a defining factor’. My fundamental feature of conceptual art is using creative processes combined with the physical material to create a conceptual understanding of the deterioration of clay and form. To create a visual language through a series of forms, creating awareness that the more cigarettes you smoke, the more it effects your body. The message is promoted through form differentiating how periods of time cause the form to deteriorate, representing how we damage ourselves by smoking and to promote how it is physically possible to fix ourselves by giving up.