Viral I
Viral I (detail)
Viral II
Viral II
Viral II
Viral III
Viral III
Viral IV
Viral VI
Viral VII
Viral VIII
Viral X
Erosion series

This work explores erosion and the disruption of form. Focusing on biological erosion, I wanted to convey the idea of a host being attacked and eaten away by a parasitic virus, highlighting the creeping spread of the infection as it corrupts the body. I have produced a series of angular porcelain forms, sandblasted to wear the surface and reveal inner strata. This aggressive process, contrarily, creates a delicate vulnerability in the shape. The translucency of the porcelain and the interruption of the surface make it possible to glimpse through to layers beneath, creating a tension between the seen and the obscured.

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Tamsin van Essen
Ceramicist London, United Kingdom