Stephen Bird studied Fine Art at Dundee Art College. He works with both paint and clay and has also undertaken a number of site-specific sculpture commissions. Bird’s influences and interest include English figure and slipware traditions and paintings and artefacts culled from his extensive travels through India, Asia and Australia.
His use of words, collage and found objects as part of the final work, results in powerful multi-dimensional image which reflect on the global, transcultural nature of myths and ceramic archetypes.
"I began my Industrial Sabotage series in 2006 as part of an exhibition and research at the Potteries Museum Stoke on Trent. I use the term Industrial Sabotage to explain how I have re-interpreted the tradition of mass produced ornament ceramics made in Stoke on Trent in the 18th and 19th centuries. Initially I looked at the emotional aspects of the figurines and then went on to explore political messages, prohibition and violence as a way of using ceramics to comment on sensitive current issues. In the last phase of Industrial Sabotage I am looking at the irrational, the absurd and the ridiculous, and trying to drive my work towards some kind of disconcerting hiatus in order to re-examine the figurine, the figurative vessel, its context and its contemporary significance." Stephen Bird
Stephen Bird will be having a solo show in the gallery 2 August -4 September 2013.