Fay’s work is inspired by nature in the everyday, documenting found ‘curio’ from her travels around the world and revealing different cultural and social meanings through collection comparisons. The late Victorian era and nature in design are prominent influences, featuring narratives and a celebration of hidden heritage within her work. Fay selects personal but also universal objects, to encourage further exploration, communication and dialogue.
49 Royale porcelain Buddha figure, displayed in a late Victorian print tray.
Since May 2011, Fay has recorded a series of photographs with a hand-made Buddha, included in the images. From Europe to Asia she has recorded different perspectives of her own life, revealing and framing different cultures and social events with each unique Buddha. This research developed Fay’s work and understanding to reflect upon the event and environment, capturing the essence of moments in time that were memorable through intimate ceramic installations.
In 2012, Fay had a serious back accident and as a result found herself exploring and linking the fragility of ceramics with her own life and hospital experience. Victorian peep-hole perspectives such as magic lanterns, dioramas and illustrations were linked to x-rays and light effects on paper and porcelain. Images of Fay’s own body and paper medical cups were selected to create bone china pieces, reminding her of delicate Japanese origami techniques, netsuke curio objects and sake cups used to bless and celebrate. Fay transformed fragility into hope by creating pieces of work that adopt a positive and optimistic perspective through the complimentary elements of bone china, light and colour.
This ‘wishing tree’ installation was created using parian porcelain leaves with impressed ‘I wish’ Victorian print. Inspiration for this installation came from the concept of a Japanese wishing tree ‘Ema’ being placed near to a place of worship. The work aims to open a ‘nature’ platform to express wishes, hopes and dreams anonymously, allowing the work to manifest through interaction, revealing different perspectives and common attributes as a result.
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