OUTBREAK Games, 2017

OUTBREAK Games introduces viruses and bacteria, and their exciting microbial forms, through  a series of familiar games. Brightly coloured Pop Art pieces look as delicate as coral, but a dangerous as sea mines. These exciting works have become all the more relevant in recent times as we fear the antibiotics can no longer help and our recent experience of the Pandemic. This Virus v Bacteria animation can be shown alongside an OUTBREAK Games exhibition  Audiences invited to pay these ceramic microbial games. and help white blood cells fight infection.

 

OUTBREAK Draughts

Out daily battle with viruses are represented in a humorous way on this large, colourful draughts board. See the red and white blood cells win the day over the Common Cold, Giardia Sickness bug, HPV and the Coronavirus which causes Covid 19. Watch the game in action

OUTBREAK Draughts

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OUTBREAK Bar Billiards

A reclaimed bar billiards board is re-imagined.  A host of microbes are in play.

OUTBREAK Bar Billiards

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OUTBREAK Jacks

Remember playing this in the school playground? Maybe not with bacterial spores and ceramic dice.

OUTBREAK Jacks

 

OUTBREAK Chess

Each conventional chess piece is represented by HIV & AIDS,T.B., Flu, DNA replicants and red and white blood cells,  Help them  jostle for position on the huge chess board.

OUYTBREAK Chess

Terra Firma Leaky Boat, 2020

TERRA FIRMA Leaky Boat, 2020

130 ceramic hands gather around hoping to get onto a leaky boat (a reclaimed wheelbarrow from a local wood).  The complete installation measures 2.5 m by 2.5 m and can be arranged in a gallery according to the space available. This work was made in response to the eco refugee crisis that the world faces. The majority of the hands were made in unglazed single fired brown, black and white clay, but a few are taller and glazed in bright colours – these hands represent hope.  

Terra Firma Leaky Boat was exhibited in Glasgow during Cop 26 at a climate change exhibition with Project Ability. 

TERRA FIRMA Leaky Boat,

One large, craggy hand holding a blue glass sphere represents our fragile planet whilst tall, brightly glazed hands guide us through the crowd; both signify hope.

 

In smaller venues the work has been exhibited with the sculpture shown below accompanied by the film of the large installation.

Film of the hands set to the sound of waves

TERRA FIRMA Leaky Boat - waving hands

 

 

 

SIGNIFICANT – A Bunch of Viruses

The strange, oddly beautiful world of microbes is explored in three series of sculptures called  Significant – a Bunch of viruses    It celebrates the pioneering individuals who lead the way in medical science, the hospitals and laboratories they worked in  and the  people who suffered.  Significant – a bunch of viruses consists of three  different installations.

 

Quarantine Boxes

Intimate repositories of memory containing memorabilia, small ceramic viruses and bacteria. Designed for smaller and more intimate exhibition spaces these reflective works display delicate ceramic viruses clustering inside old boxes decorated with cyanotype print images.  In 2019 a selection of these boxes were exhibited at the Liverpool Medical Institute, and  Worcester Medical Museum where they now feature on the museum’s website.

 

Ceramic Transmission

 Memorialising Disease – whatever happened to everyone else?  

Tuberculosis sprout from milk bottles, HIV flow from an old urinal jar and Smallpox cluster together as if actually in the blood stream. Finally, the 2020 Pandemic is commemorated in two ceramic metal sculptures. Memorialising Disease contains a series of photographs that depict viruses in poignant sites of significance in the UK and Ireland.

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