Kirsty Little - General Artist statement. 2018
I am working in ceramics, wire sculpture, performance and social activism. They interact and over lap influencing each other and informing me in the process. Inspired by the vitality of the body - its innate ability to hold so many states, I work with porcelain. It’s malleability and beauty in rawness draws me to let the clay form organic shapes that lie with in her nature. In clusters these become tangible fragile landscapes, laid amongst recognisable structure they create soft powerful comment. I avoid heavy masking glazes, instead working to tint them with inks and let clay breath.
The energetic movement qualities I’m discovering in wire lure me to exploring the gesture. I aim to find its ‘backbone’, the essence of where the movement comes from and create that in wood. Pulling outward from there with wire, I draw in space the form. The metal wires are suspended and moveable, giving suggestion of breath.
Social activism harkens back to my days as a circus performer, and engaging the local community‘s participation in collection of plastic lids and their voices energises my work. As a multi disciplined artist, I make live art - latest project Toxic Poison Pill, works with aerial hoop and projection, exploring humans use of plastic creating pollution in the ocean.