Online Talk – 23rd March 2021, 7pm – 8.30pm
Phoebe Cummings is an artist based in the U.K. Her practice operates across the disciplines of craft, sculpture and performance, exploring ceramics as a time-based medium. She creates detailed, temporary sculptures and environments from clay, building the work directly on site, and where possible, reclaiming and reusing the same clay at different locations. The work is subject to change as it drips, dries, shrinks and cracks; sometimes further activated by heat, water or magnetic fields in the environment in which it is made. The work generates opportunities for materials and objects to enact their own, slow, performance and there is an ongoing interest in how we experience this in the present, how we may recall or access it in the future and what may disappear without trace. This lecture will reflect on her approach to ceramics as well as current research into recording the ephemeral, particularly in relation to museum collections, encompassing non-visual methods of translation including writing and sensorial/embodied reproductions.
Cummings studied Three-Dimensional Crafts at the University of Brighton, before completing an MA in Ceramics & Glass at the Royal College of Art in 2005. She has undertaken artist-residencies, in the UK, USA and Greenland, including six months at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2010. Cummings has exhibited in the UK and internationally including commissions for the Museum of Arts & Design, New York; University of Hawai’i Art Gallery, Honolulu; Jerwood Space, London and ClayArch Museum, South Korea. She was the winner of the British Ceramics Biennial 2011 and the BBC Woman’s Hour Craft Prize in 2017. She is currently Research Associate at the Ceramics Research Centre UK – University of Westminster.
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