Zoe Lloyd London, United Kingdom
I studied at the Royal College of Art and I work mostly with clay and glazes where I form relationships between my work to create a dialogue. This is a language that springs from the unconscious, a correlation between thought and medium – a piercing, layering and collaging of the surfaces to communicate differences, imperfections and an in-between-ness, giving sculpture its fullest expression.
I do not make classically beautiful objects. I offer instead an alternative order of things, that exist as imaginary and fragmented. Working intuitively and spontaneously allows me to capture and express the conflict and vulnerability that I sometimes feel, like wading through the harsh reality of being both solitary and attempting to be courageous in the studio. I start by collaging parts together to form a skin, working through the relationship between the self, the material and the object. Using soft clay and found materials, I construct sensitive, emotive, abstract forms. Drawing is central to my development of ideas, along with a playfulness and improvisation with materials. I use a variety of printmaking processes incorporating these into my practice in different ways. I take an experimental approach to my work, and it is here that my mind becomes a melting and growing nerve centre, registering an in-betweenness, where strange things start to happen, that are often un-controllable. Each work is individual. I am striving to create a unique language, that is caught half way between gesture and thought, and theatrically transformed by glaze.