Candida Powell-Williams

Bell idol (conflicted)

2020

This work is a handmade ceramic bell by Candida Powell-Williams. Within the history of art the reclining or seated female body has often been depicted inert, lifeless, a form onto which we can project. But here, though the bell is physically still the work refutes that pliability, exploring the relationship between the inactivity of the object and the energy of sound piece, the material and the immaterial. Powell-Williams’s ongoing series of ceramic bells (2018- present) are based on 7th-6th century BC goddess idols which are believed to have signified the forces of nature and the onward march of time. Candida Powell-Williams’ versions are dressed in helmets, necklaces and masks and are holding various symbols, crystal balls, snakes, hares and other emblems. Each one refers to and accompanies the artist’s wider research and through these forms she also explores empowered female figures.

Ceramics and glazes, pigmented jesmonite, copper wire

30cm x 12-15cm (approx)

About artist

Candida Powell-Willliams creates installations which play with the relationship between sculpture, live performance and animation. Her research–based and process led sculptural practice is guided by questions about human attempts to understand our body in the universe through the connection between objects, action and belief. Powell-Williams’s sculptural landscapes are often a response to researching the slippage that occurs to the meaning of historical artefacts over time, aiming to confront our relationship to memory and storytelling. She manipulates historical narratives, plucking references from disparate eras, folding them into the present and condensing them into a singular experience. Using a range of materials and textures CPW references the vast language of the ever shifting meaning of symbols from architecture, industrial inventions to talisman, rendering them physical in modular forms or prop-like sculptures characterised by their wobbly geometry and apparently dissolving edges. Fabricated in sweet colour gradients the surfaces appear worn down like disneyfied relics. Fleeting performances explore gesture, touch and the permeable boundary of our bodies to the external environment and kinship to the animal kingdom. These interactions are documented in stuttering layered animations permeating the work with notions of time, presence and absence and addressing the changing nature of sculpture, performance and storytelling in the digital age.

£900.00

This work is a handmade ceramic bell by Candida Powell-Williams. Within the history of art the reclining or seated female body has often been depicted inert, lifeless, a form onto which we can project. But here, though the bell is physically still the work refutes that pliability, exploring the relationship between the inactivity of the object and the energy of sound piece, the material and the immaterial. Powell-Williams’s ongoing series of ceramic bells (2018- present) are based on 7th-6th century BC goddess idols which are believed to have signified the forces of nature and the onward march of time. Candida Powell-Williams’ versions are dressed in helmets, necklaces and masks and are holding various symbols, crystal balls, snakes, hares and other emblems. Each one refers to and accompanies the artist’s wider research and through these forms she also explores empowered female figures.

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