Anne Gibbs: Selected works, 2017-2019
Landscape in Blue, 2017
Landscape in Green, 2017
Landscape in Green, 2017, bone china and mixed media. Photos by Dewi Tannatt Lloyd
Lets Suppose, 2019
Lets Suppose, 2019, bone china. Photos by Dewi Tannatt Lloyd
A Language of Clay: Still Life, 2017
Still Life, 2017, bone china. Photos by Dewi Tannatt Lloyd
I make small-scale objects in bone china occasionally displayed with mixed media components. My artistic practice is a fusion of influences stemming from the still life painting genre, cabinets of curiosities and collage. I collect natural materials from local woodlands and man-made objects from a wide range of sources, which are then transformed, altered and restaged. These objects fuel my interest in the relationships between disharmony and ambiguity on the one hand and stillness and calm on the other.
Experimenting with materials is of great interest to me. I combine different techniques to discover new possibilities. Depending on what outcome I want to achieve, I cast, stain, hand build or alter the findings to create one-off pieces. I enjoy creating ambiguous gatherings and conversations and playing with unlikely mixes of surfaces, colour and compositions.
As a recipient of a Creative Wales Award in 2015 funded by the Arts Council of Wales, I travelled to Japan to experience Japanese culture and to receive Ikebana lessons, the Japanese art of flower arrangement, in Tokyo. This experience has encouraged me to examine the selection and arrangement of objects and explore the use of colour in my practice.