Jane King lives in Brighton. King makes small ceramic sculptures which combine opposites of form, texture and colour. These act as metaphors for perfection versus imperfection, and control versus chaos, in relation to personal identity.
King’s sculptures are intended to be unsettling in their form and how they are displayed, sometimes spilling over the plinth. Small in scale, the pieces imply an obscure function. King is interested in how this appearance enhances the works’ disquieting nature, with some elements appearing ‘designed’ and others almost formless. The sculptures are hand-built from earthenware clay. Kings works quickly and loosely with the clay, ‘pushing and slopping’ it, while carefully constructing slabs and smoothing surfaces within the same piece. Muted earthenware glazes, stained with oxides and sometimes including additions such as sand, are offset by vivid acrylic colours.
King’s work explores the containment of emotional mess and disorder in a world which encourages the belief that control in all aspects of our lives is desirable. King is interested in the contemporary tendency, aided by the tools of social media, to mask the messiness and chaos of real life through the creation of curated and constructed personal identities.