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Artist - Alice Mara

I was born in 1972 in Wolverhampton and the family moved to Walthamstow in 1973 and then on to Lewes, East Sussex in 2012.

My late father was a brilliant printmaker and was very much an influence on the artistic path that I have taken over the years.

I studied for my degree in ceramics at Harrow College, and in 2001 I went on to do a Masters in ceramics at the Royal College of Art.Harrow College was a practise based course where I learnt many ceramic techniques, it was there that I experimented with ways of combining print and clay.

At the Royal College of Art I began to concentrate more on the use of colour photography and the conceptual ideas behind the pieces.This is where I discovered the fantastic process of the digital transfer system, which made it possible to easily develop and actualize my ideas.

The sense of place has been a recurring theme in my work. The pieces become narratives of my surrounding environment.I illustrate the buildings, culture and landscapes that are familiar to me by decorating the ceramic forms entirely with colourful digital imagery.The layers of the story evolve as the ceramics pieces are created. Often the form can dictate the imagery and the two practises run alongside each other.

Combining traditional ceramic techniques with contemporary digital processes is something that I have been exploring for some time.

My hanging people range of ceramics is influenced by the friezes that decorated the Grecian Urns. The contemporary take on today’s “heroes” hanging off the rims of my pots – really my family members who I have made hang off the door frame to pose for these pieces of work.

I was interested in the texture and colours of their clothes, and the different styles we wear. They are hanging off the rims for dear life.

 

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