May Hands Vessel XI (Pools)
Fired black crank clay, glaze and glass
3 x 17 x 15.5cm
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For the last couple of years, May Hands has been particularly drawn to using clay to inform her ongoing research into how our relationship with materiality shapes our understanding of the world. Because of its physical qualities, wet clay archives our interaction with it, imprinting textures into the surface and shaped by the pressures we put upon its body, whether by hand, tool, or machine. Firing clay further preserves these interactions and infuses glaze and glass to the textured surfaces. These ceramic forms are made to be held and to be experienced; the grogginess of the clay to be felt rough upon the fingertips, and the pools of glass and glaze offering moments to pour into and fall into their depths.
May Hands is an artist living and working in Brighton. Her practice investigates how our relationship with materiality shapes our understanding of the world. She documents and collects her observations of the world around her through video, photography, field notes, traditional craft-based techniques, and the collecting of objects, layering them together to create sensory experiences. Vital to her practice is the honouring of tactility, sensitivity and sustainability. She celebrates and reveals new qualities and identities within the materials she works with, reflecting upon seasonal cycles, sensuality and the inherently curated aspect of our everyday consumptions, opening up questions about how society constructs and articulates value and desire.
May Hands, (b.1990, Brighton) graduated with an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths in 2020 and a BA in Fine Art Painting from Camberwell College of Art (UAL) in 2013. Selected solo exhibitions include: Best before end, White Crypt, London (2019); May Hands: Artist-in-Residence, Bosse & Baum, London (2018); I’ve Loved You For a Long Time, Supplement, London (2018); Freschissimi, T293, Rome (2015) and Bleach, Roman Road, London (2015). Selected group shows include: Ecdysis, Staffordshire Studios, London (2021); Locus Amœnus, Function Suite, London (2021); Always Winter, Brooke Benington, London (2020); Chrysalis, Wimbledon Space, London (2020); The Real Thing, Fashion Space Gallery, London (2020); The romance of flowers, Kingsgate Project Space, London (2018); SURPLUS, The Café, hosted at Peak, London (2018); Counter Quality, 650mAh, Brighton (2018); On Cold Spring Lane, Assembly Point, London (2017); Sell Yourself, East Street Arts, Leeds (2017); Maybe your lens is scratched?, The Averard Hotel, London (2016); Not Every Thread Ties Down/ Your Split Ends Are Showing?, DKUK, London (2016); Women’s Art Society II, MOSTYN, Llandudno (2015).