DRAWING ON GROUND / DRAWING FOR GROUND for London is part of the Travelling Painter Project (previously: Hungary, France, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, UK, Germany. Coming soon: Romania, Lithuania). When travelling I draw on typical national daily newspapers, here for instance The Daily Telegraph. The drawings lead to ornaments on various backgrounds. These are the “Drawings on Ground”. Or the ornaments detach themselves from the ground of the image and become free. Liberated, modelled, they can find their way to becoming graphic compositions as “pure stoneware ornaments” or they may be free elements for walls (tapestry), plates or table settings.
Knowing full well that drawing must bear the everyday within itself, the sketch book is a daily newspaper and the drawing equipment is a black EDDING marker pen and white gouache. The images thus created are free drawings – but with a view to their further use they cab be pages in my Pattern Books.
Ornaments and patterns feed on the resources of return and change. They presuppose an invention, something that was there at the beginning. They allow the drawing (a unique creative act) to arrive in the everyday (mural installation).
In the context of ceramics, the term “industry” is often used derogatorily. Yet how exciting it is to delve into subtly differentiated, historically evolved industrial techniques.
Day-to-day. Everyday. Every day. Again and again. The same times, the same paths. The daily newspaper. The early-morning tea. The lunch break. The evening meal. Repetition. Change. Return. Variation. Anything new is an exception to the rule.