Stephen Bird

Congratulations to STEPHEN BIRD on being awarded the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Special Commendation.

Art Announcement from Australia. Published by Gould Galleries on Friday 28 October 2016.

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My ceramic works locate themselves in an invented world where dissonant cultural idioms come together to form a language or style I have coined Industrial Sabotage.

As a way of positioning my art within the increasingly de-territorialised world I have, in my imagination, returned to the heritage of my place of origin in North Staffordshire, and re-interpreted the tradition of mass-produced ornamental ceramics made there in the 18th and 19th centuries. With this as a starting point, I use humour, propaganda, trompe l’oeil, clichés and meaningless violence to re-tell archetypal myths and make observations about complex collective issues including politics, cultural imperialism and the global power struggle.