A game of bar billiards transformed into spiky white ceramic viruses. These pieces are inspired by actual viral forms, but also the fragile beauty of underwater coral. The ceramic pieces represent:
I have also been experimenting with filling chemistry jars with viral shapes. I like the contrast of their sharp fragility with the shiny glass walls of the jars. In the smaller jar the viruses are almost tipping outside of their protective container.
The first edition of this work when the pieces were all a similar size and I had not added the bright red blood cell pawns.
Second stage of work
The next stage of development was to make certain of the pieces larger to emphasise their significance and potential danger, for example the KING HIV& AID’s is now significantly taller and the Queen TB is also a much larger and more dramatic figure. At the same time I added screen print slogans and statements about viruses to emphasise the impact that viruses have on the lives of those suffering with them.
The chilly blue feet belie the affection with which they were made. One foot holds firmly onto the surface and the other moves up in anticipation of what is ahead. In the version shown below the anticipatory feet have the advantage of being plugged in to a source of power.
Pandora in her golden glasses holds the key to unlocking her boxes. Do the glasses mean that she is blinded to what is inside or to protect her from it? The sharp corners of the boxes are in contrast with the African inspired Pandora figure. The glasses are decorated in gold lustre.
Her partner, Finishing Line, a rather tired figure on her 1970’s Space Hopper has finished her happy journey.