"Figures alone and figures in conversation, together and disconnected, made in clay, fired and with a painterly finish, three dimensional portraits. In presenting in object form an internal dialogue, examining self perception, I continue to consider the notion of “The Space Between - conversations with self”, the space between as photographer Diane Arbus described "who someone is and who they think they are". In maquettes and a larger work titled “Pretty Alien; Blood and Memory” is a response to and an examination of my relationship with the past and was triggered by attending an art school reunion in 2015. What began as “Ghosts of Mycenae” looking at clay history, considering what connects us clay makers to those who have lived thousands of years before us, has become a more personal story and I am working with the words of writer L P Hartley in mind "the past is a foreign country"." Louise Rive 2016
This body of work has been produced with the support Creative New Zealand.