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Ceramic sculpture an exhibition by Grace Igoe

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Grace Igoe exhibition of ceramic sculpture and jewellery
Grace Igoe exhibition of ceramic sculpture and jewellery
King Street Studios
Grace Igoe
King Street Studios and Grace Igoe

Grace Igoe — ‘Nature or Nurture’

My passion in ceramics started with a BA Honours in Three Dimensional Design at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2017. Since then I have been part of Artist in Residence at Manchester College, where I enjoy influencing new upcoming artists, by providing workshops, tutorials and talks, whist sharing their facilities and furthering my practice in ceramics.

I use heads in my work because facial features are a vehicle for expression; the face tells us the most about an individual’s mood, personality and state of mind. Exploring common traits and behaviours, such as difficulty expressing emotion, struggling managing changes and a strong sense of not fitting within self or society. These issues are conveyed through ideas of fragmentation, using patterns that appear fractured, with deep vibrant colours exploding within the forms, using techniques such as: hand-forming, press-moulding, pierced carving and texturing with final applications of coloured body stains and stoneware glazes.

Since showcasing my series ‘Traits of Perception’ at King Street Studios in 2018, I had a strong desire to delve deeper into how the network of the autistic brain works. There are no two people within the autistic spectrum who are the same; they have differing traits, behaviours and avoidances and varying levels of ability.

From birth we are all nurtured by those around us, we are taught how to act, how to behave, we are shown love and affection, both to give and receive. What we are taught and what we see influences who we are as adults. An autistic child sees the world differently; they can avoid things that we see as natural, hugging, eye contact and social situations. They misread so many human emotions causing confusion.

Nature can determine what we are, but how much does nurture influence the natural process of development within the brain?
The development of an autistic person can also be affected by how they are either over- nurtured (wrapped up in cotton wool) or under-nurtured to the point of feeling discouraged from accepting the condition. There has to be a balance between nurturing and what comes naturally.