That awful, AWFUL feeling when you realise you've haphazardly dropped a piece from your mother's antique, china Wedgewood tea set. You brace for that familiar sound of smashing impact as the object explodes into a multitude of splintered fragments on the kitchen floor. Fortunately London-based Chilean artist Livia Marin has re-imagined a wholly different afterlife for ceramic cups, bowls and tea pots in this series of work titled Nomad Patterns.
This 32-piece project explores mass production and consumption. Using ceramic, plaster and resin, Marin extends the pattern of various styles of crockery to create a melting effect on surfaces, while strangely retaining its original printed pattern. The motif and designs are a pastiche of a Chinese landscape decoration titled Willow Pattern, originally created by an Englishman in the 1790s, 'as if' it were actually Chinese. Marin describes the objects as, “Appearing staged somehow indeterminately between something that is about to collapse or has just been restored; between things that have been invested with the attention of care but also have the appearance of a ruin.”
Nomad Patterns was exhibited at Eagle Gallery, London in 2012, while Marin's latest collection Marca no registrada can currently be seen at Espacio Odeón in Bogotá, Colombia.
Livia Marin; liviamarin.com