Control Through Making

03/09/2011

by Lucy Elsie Harvey

Craft processes allow me to create narrative forms which are ambiguous and open to interpretation. I take inspiration from the human legacy of craft objects and rather than celebrate the sophistication of our making, something which is amply covered by industrialisation, I am interested in incorrect making and imperfection. I celebrate the human fallibility evident in crafted and repaired artefacts, for me these interventions and acts of creation allow us a sense of control over one aspect of the uncertain world around us. This aspiration for control, via the manipulation of materials and our role as the creator and owner of an object, finds a small victory within craft. Within my practice, the flaws of hand production act as metaphor for this temporary triumph.

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