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Emotional metaphors – Ceramic Review

Tending the Fires
Claire Curneen’s sculptures are poignant reflections on the nature of humanity and our precarious place within it. Universal themes of loss, suffering and sacrifice underlie her intricate porcelain figures, their translucent and fragile qualities offering potent metaphors through which to consider the human condition.
Tending the Fires is an ambitious new work, which was first exhibited at Collect Open 2017, as part of Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects. Claire constructed a porcelain diorama where figures jostle with birds, trees, branches and broken pottery; the status quo has been disrupted. Tension arises as the decorative and unadorned, elaborate and raw all come together in this fragmented reality…