Atavistic study - Paula FitzGerald

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Artist Statement

Paula FitzGerald

My ceramic sculpture reflects my fascination with how natural objects change form over time, decaying and merging with and reacting to their surroundings Thiis idea of decay and reaction is epitomised for me by the human body. We are products of our environment and eventually merge back into it. I was very excited by the piece of artwork which inspired my own. It came into being in it's final form through accident and the act of merging forms. To create my own sculpture I have used a material which goes through an incredible process to reach it's final form; from a very malleable material to one almost impermeable. I have used a 'volcanic' glaze which for me mimics the weathering effect of an object submerged in the ocean. The form is clearly human but maintains an anonymity and is not entirely anatomically faithful.

Atavistic study - Paula FitzGerald

©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Inspiration details:

Sea sculpture


Vietnam (found) Jingdezhen, China (made)

ca. 1725 (made)

Unknown (production)

Underglaze cobalt blue decorated porcelain cups fused together. Shell and coral growths

V&A collection reference number(s):

2015 Exhibition Guide

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