Ruth Claxton - Synthetic Worlds (Skytops)

Painted aluminium, mirrored acrylic, blown glass, resin, found porcelain figurines. Meadow Arts Commission 2011

Ruth Claxton - Synthetic Worlds (Skytops)

Painted aluminium, mirrored acrylic, blown glass, resin, found porcelain figurines. Meadow Arts Commission 2011

Ruth Claxton - Synthetic Worlds (Skytops)

Painted aluminium, mirrored acrylic, blown glass, resin, found porcelain figurines. Meadow Arts Commission 2011

Synthetic Worlds (Skytops)

Synthetic Worlds (Skytops)

Painted aluminium, mirrored acrylic, blown glass, resin, found porcelain figurines

Meadow Arts Commission 2011

A mass of welded hoops and mirrored discs hangs from a branch on the edge of Attingham’s woodland. This floating construction is a seductive and complex structure, where real and illusory spaces become confused.

On this synthetic ‘nest’, perch a series of off-the-shelf ceramic cockatoos that have been altered by the Artist. These flightless birds stand content but unseeing, their vision interrupted by the skycoloured blown glass hoods which cover their heads.

Both birds and ‘nest’ stand as exotic and alien objects within the context of the ‘natural’ woods. The piece itself recalls the highly stylised worlds of video games, avatars and digital space.

Ruth Claxton’s work acknowledges the value of the bird population at Attingham and the Park’s status as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, but she also asks us to look again at what is apparently natural. All of the landscape at Attingham is artificially designed and constructed. By making a work which looks like an impostor, she argues that it is no less constructed than the landscape within which it is placed.

Ruth Claxton

Ruth Claxton creates sculpturally complex installations in which found china figurines, altered by the artist in mischievous ways, play with the formal language of the sculptural form. Ruth Claxton uses existing imagery in order to deconstruct the ideas and beliefs inherent in those images.

Ruth Claxton trained at Nottingham Trent University and the Royal College of Art (MA Sculpture). In 2011 her Synthetic Worlds works were exhibited at Site in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her Lands End works appeared at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, Spike Island, Bristol and Faye Fleming and Partner in Geneva from 2008-2010. Previous exhibitions include: The Collective, Edinburgh and Arquebuse Gallery, Geneva in 2006 and East International, Norwich in 2003.