A stoneware bust of what was once someone, or rather, a bust that acts now only as a harrowing reminder. “Teresa” acts a physical representation of detritus caught in a moment of stagnancy. Informed by my experiences at Fantome Island, viewing the decaying buildings that once formed the missions on the island aided my exploration of degeneration as a process. “Teresa” persists on, its putrescence frozen still. I drew inspiration from Fauvism and trypophobic imagery, the form of the rotting head encompassing the aspects of decay that initiated an inner reflection within myself about absence, the inevitable, yet common end.
Constructed over a week, multiple paper drafts were made before the base and head were formed. After the facial details were formed, the back and side tendrils were secured with bamboo skewers, whilst flaws of various sizes were imbedded into the bust. Using needles, skewers and the ends of pens and pencils to create each hole, the bust was then fired and painted with various underglazes, a cacophony of colour covering every crevice of the bust. The bust was put into the kiln, and glaze was put over key facial features before a final fire.