Old and second-hand objects serve as bridges to the past, to people and places, our own and other people’s histories.--Caroline Slotte
The subject of Reimagination in ILEA Collection project reminds me of Caroline Slotte's work. The reworking of second hand objects plays a pivotal role in Caroline’s practice. She manipulates found materials, primarily ceramic everyday items, so that they take on new meanings. "Demonstrating an engaged sensitivity towards the associations, memories and narratives inherent in the objects, her intricate physical interventions allow us to see things we would otherwise not have seen." (Houston Centre, 2016)
Caroline Slotte. From the series Landscape Multiple, 2013. Reworked second hand ceramics. Dimensions 52 x 42 x 7 cm Collection Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg (S)
I reimagined a group of porcelain parts from ILEA Collection, now detached from ornaments made by Falmouth-based potter, Wilfred Gibson.
The work aims to use different culture to reinterpret objects. This is a reinterpretation of the concept of animism, as detailed in the classic literary collection Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio by Pu Songling, first published in 1740. I recreate the weird, cold, sensitive and gloomy atmosphere of the tale of the Lotus Ghost (as inspired by the original objects) to express the spirituality of blue and white porcelain.
The work aims to use different culture to reinterpret objects. I reimagined the fancy eastern story of the lotus ghost according to the characteristic of the original pieces. reinterpreting the concept of animism in the classic collection of eerie named Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio. I recreate the weird, cold, sensitive and gloomy atmosphere to express the spirituality of blue and white porcelain.
Imagining a scene according to physical object is a very familiar activity in our childhood. I will use blue and white porcelain to create scenes for the original porcelain toys. And audience can also imagine their stories according to my scenes. It can help us to reinterpret this object. Although it lost other parts and it is difficult to distinguish what it is and the function, I can reimagine a fancy eastern story according to the characteristic of the porcelain and make people immerse in fantasy imagination through setting scenes. I think it is a good way to recreate the object and make people be involved in ILEA Collection. And objects start their new life, new story.
Because the toy has just one eye and the three rounds like lotus pond. It reminds me of a story of Lotus Ghost from a famous traditional Chinese book named Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio. I will use blue and white porcelain to add the body part of Lotus Ghost. The size of it has great contrast with the tiny original part. The ghost grows beautiful and dangerous part below water and she can use lotus leaf to move to the ground. If it shows in the exhibition, people can move them to immerse in the story.
I tried different shapes for the body part grows from original part, porcelain material is suitable to create the atmosphere and reimagine this story. I also get inspiration from Gen Xue’s animation work Mr.sea. Except redesign the character, I will rearrange the environment to demonstrate the narrative of objects.
Houston Centre, 2016. Ceramic artist Caroline Slotte on her sandblasting process and ascribed memory in her work
available at https://www.crafthouston.org/2016/03/ceramic-artist-caroline-slotte-on-her-sandblasting-process-ascribed-memory-in-her-work/
Gen Xue, 2014. Mr.sea available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AGcJcD4gvI