Mary Ann Grainger



26” diameter x 32” high

Hand crafted bisque fired porcelain Pretty Things, acrylic paint, fiber optic lighting, Cotton upholstered wood and steel canopy, steel rigging.


Artists Statement

David Bowie’s death hit me hard.  For weeks I felt lost, disconnected, alone.  He was my soul-mate, my friend, the only one who really understood the me deep inside of me.  For a long time after he passed the world held no beauty.  

Later, while experimenting with porcelain for the first time, a simple shape evolved which I was compelled to repeat.  Hundreds of these shapes later, I found myself quite obsessed.  Over and over.  Day after day I kept creating the same simple shape.  It was like I just needed to create some simple beauty in the world. One day while listening to David Bowie’s music I knew what the shape meant.  By using this simple, beautiful shape to create an homage to David Bowie, I could feel connected to his spirit and once complete, the sculpture would be symbolic of my accepting beauty into my life again.

I decided to create one large Pretty Thing out of hundreds of Pretty Things.  They would be coloured in such a way as to evoke a spirit rising.  They would incorporate star-like pinpoints of light. 

"There’s a starman waiting in the sky

He’s told us not to blow it

Cause he knows it’s all worthwhile

He told me:  

Let the children lose it

Let the children use it

Let all the children boogie”