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.
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”