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.
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 Bar Billiards
A reclaimed bar billiards board is re-imagined. A host of microbes are in play.
Remember playing this in the school playground? Maybe not with bacterial spores and ceramic dice.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Some of the boxes
Web of Causation
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.
Flu virus with DNA emerging
HIV single virus
Black Death bouquet
Tuberculosis milk bottles