02 Aug Simon Reece 2018 Exhibition
I began doing some pencil drawings after looking at the inspirational work of Agnes Martin. My drawings started off as random signatures and squiggles in a linear form framed by a square or circular grid, working with graphite on paper. As these drawings evolved and I created more of them, I noticed that they were becoming random gestures, moving away from the original linear format. This was liberating for me and, to push this further, I wondered if I used fresh slip on clay, how much freer these gesticulations would become. I had also been using a coarse black clay from Spain since 2012. In one of those serendipitous moments, white porcelain slip and sgraffito marked directly onto the dark black clay created a freedom and a spontaneous nuance, coming together to create a luscious expression. I have long adored Korean moon jars from the Josun Dynasty and these forms also provided the inspiration for my new work.