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Rebecca Wilson, 2011
Featured in the Selling Sex exhibition
Using slip-casting techniques to produce high-quality items that defy the throwaway nature of their subject matter, Wilson often brings transient materials into the making process, and interrupts the formality of traditional techniques. This has involved casting objects in jelly, chocolate and ice-cream, infusing porous surfaces with salts to grow organic and ever changing crystalline surfaces, using cake decorating and sugar-craft tools to ‘ice’ cast ceramic objects with porcelain slip, and even mounting final works in mounds of real icing.
Rebecca Wilson's ceramics turn everyday items into a collage of pleasurable extravagance. She constructs new objects by casting discarded knick-knacks, most commonly found in charity shops and car boot sales, in luxurious porcelain and bone china. The concurrence of porcelain with incongruous and dispensable, incidental materials creates an ironic play of worth between what we desire and what we choose to indulge in.