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_jessica harrison found figurines_
february 23 - april 6, 2019 •
_STUNNING ROYAL DOULTON FIGURE „SIMONE“ HN 2378
2017, found ceramic, glaze
20 x 12 x 13 cm
photo by john mckenzie
made at sundaymorning ekwc
Jessica Harrison’s Found Figurines are re-workings of mass-produced decorative figurines that have been sourced by the artist from online auction site eBay. Harrison radically reshapes these objects through a process of re-glazing and re-firing, sometimes using up to 10 layers of glaze and 4 firings on a single object.
Acting almost as test tiles for new glaze recipes, no two pieces are the same as Harrison pursues the physical limits of the fine slip cast bone china. In truth, only around half of the figures survive this harsh process, the rest obliterated by the excessive tension of the added glaze, re-firing to the point of collapse (and sometimes explosion). The figurines that do survive are pushed towards abstraction in their disfiguration, but the pose and purpose of the figure underneath the excess glaze remains visible, presenting a peculiar poise between the familiar and the alien, held together by a delicate shell.
Each piece is titled after the original eBay auction listing, alluding to the previous history of the object. Various desirable qualities listed in incomprehensible ways, uninteresting serial numbers and inaccurate spellings and measurements each contribute to a background into which these figures can be placed. •
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