I am Chloe Farrant a ceramic sculptor from Devon, England and I work in a hand-building method, sculpting over a paper form. A lot of my recent work explores the human condition, environmental impact and the commonality between all life on the planet and the sense of entitlement we see in first world humans. I work predominantly in a realistic style but like to include subtle hints of the surreal, to enable the viewer to see their reality in a new way. I’m constantly exploring media and currently enjoy sculpting from porcelain and can spend hours looking at and absorbing the craftmanship of the Dehua artisans alongside the surface design and symbolism of Millais and Klimt
I have been creating artwork all my life and find inspiration through travel and the courageous people that hear or read about. As my work has developed, I try to demonstrate not just the beauty of the animal world, but our impact upon it; many people can see the reality of a consumer society, but few can truly understand the true impact their actions are having.
I have a memory pushed to the back of my mind when I was walking through the dry streets of Delhi; a man dressed in a long cotton suit stepped out from a lane to my left with a chain in his hand, and next to him was a macaque walking on two legs, with a thick metal choker around his neck. I recall this image with deep sadness, knowing that a person can be so cruel – through ignorance and have such a misinformed sense of self-entitlement and ownership of the land and the lives upon it, from this memory my sculpture Stolen Freedom was born.
As my work has developed, I have begun to use porcelain to create the main body of my work, it has a truthfulness in it and a memory, valued for both its durability and delicacy – perfect for both my tiny and larger pieces. Just as the creation of gold once mystified humans so does the unknown world of nature does to us today, all we know is of its exquisiteness and resilience. In the world we live in we are forced to look inwardly at the effect we are having on the planet and the lives upon, all lives should be cherished, and we should practise the act of compassion now, more than ever. I am interested in how we can confront truth in different ways asking the viewer to re-examine the society we live in by presenting it in a new context.
I am totally inspired at how creativity keeps us connected all over the planet and how it speaks a language which we can all resonate with and can make the ordinary extraordinary. ~ Chloe Farrant