Aaron Davies’ work explores notions of identity and how an object can be recognised as innately human, exploring the human condition. The work is laid out before us as a series of forms that conversely generates a sense of tension between the internal & external.
Through the manipulation of form and use of intense colour, surface texture and design; Davies allows his work to speak to the viewer, opening a window into experiencing the human journey with chronic illness.
He explores how the physical and emotional difficulties can lead an individual to overcome and adapt to change.
The stark dramatic beauty of Davies’ work illustrates this invisible battle and strength.
About me, my illness and art…
I stopped making for a while, that was hard, it’s the first time I have been seriously ill since childhood. I’ve been making with clay for 10 years. It took a long time to adjust to life whilst suffering with these conditions and to have the energy to face the studio. New limitation and challenges meant total change in my making process had to happen. Prior to falling ill, I’d slip cast my work which would involve moulds filled with slip that would be heavy and now much too heavy for me to move empty or full. With great encouragement from good friends, family and mentors I started back with mad determination to simply make in clay any way I could. Before, I would create thinly cast forms, now with the change of process and transition to grounding earthly terracotta which emits the strength that I have lost, the impact of being chronically ill has influenced the design, forms and finish that I produce. Making was my saving grace both mentally and emotionally.”
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