Medium: Slip and Glazed Black Clay
Size: 22 x 21.5 x 1 cm
Edition of 12
Phoebe Collings-James’ work often eludes linear retellings of stories. Instead, her works function as “emotional detritus”: they speak of knowledges of feelings, the debris of violence, language and desire which are inherent to living and surviving within hostile environments. Recent works have been dealing with the object as subject, giving life and tension to ceramic forms.
This edition of clay paintings follow a thread of tarot imagery and divination to the magician's table. Using sgraffito techniques, plant pressing, titanium slip and glaze to render a dense black clay surface, the work echos the tensile themes of heartache, desire and embodiment held in the exhibition A Scratch! A Scratch! at Camden Art Centre.
Phoebe Collings-James (b. 1987, London, UK) lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions include The Amount of Love You Have to Give is More Than I Can Stand, Ginerva Gambino, Cologne (2018), Relative Strength, Arcadia Missa, London (2018), Expensive Shit, 315 Gallery, New York (2017), ATROPHILIA (with Jesse Darling), Company, New York (2016) and Triste Tropiques, Liste, Basel (2016). Recent group exhibitions include You Feel Me, FACT Liverpool, Liverpool (2019), In Whose Eyes, Beaconsfield Gallery, London (2018), After Cesaire /Modern Tropiques, Platform Southwark, London (2018), Okey Dokey, Galerie Max Mayer, Düsseldorf (2017) and Bust Wide Open, Harlem Postcards, Studio Museum Harlem (2017). She has had performances and screenings at the Getty Museum, LA (2019), Sonic Acts, Amsterdam (2019), Café Oto, London (2019) and Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2018). Collings-James recently launched Mudbelly Teaches, a free ceramics course for Black people in London, taught by Black ceramicists and artists.
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