Twin Octopus Sculpture
Slipcast porcelain, wood ash glaze
9 x 11 in
Anthony Dunlop creates functional ceramics with the aim to create the antiques of the future, combining themes of science fiction and futurism with representation and identity in the twenty-first century.
Anthony Dunlop Artist Statement
I create functional ceramic vessels to be the antiques of the future. Working with a medium that has spanned human history, I am compelled to ask how ceramics can create our material future. Mixing traditional ceramic processes: wheel throwing, hand-building, and mold-making—to build, dissect, and reconstruct vessels that defy gravity in a deeply earthbound practice. Sharing an inherent relationship between myself and the material I work with, I look to the intersection of human bodies, civilization and culture in the past, present, and future through the time-tested immortality of ceramics.
This work “Enforced Errors” is part of a series of groupings of vessels that are constructed to relate to one another. They are hand built using molds of wheel-thrown forms and finished with sprayed wood ash glazes to push the limits of intention and accident in the final form and surface treatment.