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Phil Eglin, ceramic artist: Virgin on the Ridiculous


Throughout history artists and makers have looked back in order to re-examine and represent what they have seen in a new context. In keeping with this tradition, Eglin makes playful use of history, intermingling the characteristic qualities of specifically chosen historical forms with contemporary subjects to produce works that speak very much of their own time.

In his presentation, Philip Eglin will set out to demonstrate how the study of museum objects has informed and remained a constant part of his creative process. English Medieval Jugs, Dutch and English Delftware, English Slipwares and Victorian, Staffordshire flat-backed figures have all had an impact on Eglin's jug and bucket forms, as well as his figurative works.

Investigating diverse themes such as football, sex and religion, he contrives to fashion cultural marriages between the past and the present, the low and the high brow, the universal and the private as well as the sacred and the profane.

As part of the talk, Eglin will show examples from a series of his re-workings of Christian imagery, specifically those of the Madonna and the Christ-figure; narratives he treats with a highly challenged combination of both reverence and irreverence. Figurative drawings on paper, both his own drawings and those emanating from art workshops with children, have been translated through a range of ceramic processes and techniques and form an important aspect of the work. This imagery will be fully illustrated and explored during the talk.

Ceramic Artist, Philip Eglin studied for a BA in Ceramics at Staffordshire Polytechnic (1979-82) in Stoke-on-Trent - the heart of the British ceramic industry. This was followed by an MA in Ceramics at the Royal College of Art in London (1983-86) where he first encountered and made extensive use of the vast historical ceramic collections of the V&A and British Museum to inform his work and ideas.

He is currently working on the self-publishing of a book of drawings reimagined from early postcard and cdv images of popes, priests and scantily clad nudes, discovered selling on ebay.

The lecture will be held in English

Lecturer: Philip Eglin

Date: 10/18/2017

Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Categories: Art History and Visual Studies, Art

Organizer: HDK

Location: HDK, Kristinelundsgatan 6-8
Stora hörsalen

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