Rebecca Appleby is a tremendously accomplished ceramicist working with large hand built vessels and forms that reflect her interests in nature and the concept of structure.
She is greatly motivated by urban structural design and the materials used within that field. The surface quality of her work carries references to both industrial and traditional forms of packaging and then motifs are used as a link to her obsession with rigid structure such as diary entries, numerical symbolism and organic matter.
Her works are individual, grand in scale and visual appearance and make for a real conversation piece. Rebecca works from her Leeds studio and has exhibited widely across the UK.
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'Random Order' is a series of ceramic vessels that explore the concept of structure, order, control and the antithesis- nature, and organic expression. I am particularly engaged with contrast and balance; conceptually, formally and as a surface. Historically this body of work has explored architectural, industrial and urban structural design. Formally the vessels are constructed using slabs of clay, with a particular focus on edges and joints. The ceramic forms are also derived from research into natural materials -The formal and aesthetic journey from a natural, organic existence to man's intervention and control for use in the urban environment. My hand built, semi-organic ceramic forms are cut, sliced and pierced; the shaping and carving of the forms imitating the process required for industrial use in the urban environment. The multi-layered marks I use are symbolic of surfaces one may encounter in the natural and industrial landscape, illustrating structural urban decay; rigid structural lines, grids, numerical symbolism and blocks of colour juxtapose the erratic handwritten text and random organic spontaneous references. There is also a reference in the work to further interest in other surfaces and forms too, the varied patina's of rusting metal, of discarded machinery, paper and detritus, graffiti, billboards etc., which are all other aspects of a contemporary urban landscape and a natural aesthetic history.