Edwards purposely places his clay under stress to reveal the natural tension and movement in its surface and form. Pushing, pulling, compressing and slicing - his aim is to provoke a reaction from his material.
Whilst challenging and pushing his material to the limits, often using clay bodies in ways they are not designed for, Edwards purposely exploits unexpected outcomes. Creating a sense of unease, during the making his clay cracks and buckles, resulting in permanent scars that illustrate the extremes that have been asked of it. Purely aesthetic, these fissures within the surface are an important counter point to the idealised sugary-hued confectionery layered rings.
The final forms are a combination of these making scenarios, translating a theme of duality in their appearance – the contrast of visual distortion and precision, the stillness and movement in form and the surface deception between synthetic and natural.
The artist can also create pieces to commission, please contact the gallery for further information.