‘Light Snack’ epitomises the delicate humour of Rebecca Wilson’s ceramics. She makes a serious critique of consumer culture, upturning the prevalence of disposable convenience, whilst retaining mouth-watering desire throughout her collection of decorative plates, sculptures and lighting.
Rebecca uses slip-casting techniques with luxurious porcelain and bone china to produce high-quality items that defy the throwaway nature of their subject matter.
In this age of austerity we must look to the humble things that make us happy, and we must celebrate them with reckless abandon. The first in the forthcoming ‘Light Snack’ series of biscuit inspired chandeliers aims to glamorise the little pleasures in life, and elevates the status of the humble Jammy Dodger, so that each little glowing biccy becomes one sparkling crystal component in a grand and glowing chandelier . The huge light sculpture drips with 1500 inedible fancies in milk white, translucent bone china and vivid pink jammy resin.
The repetitive task of casting and firing each jammy dodger then painstakingly applying the jammy resin took around 10 weeks.
Future additions to the Light Snack range will include pastel marbled ‘Party Rings’, sugary little ‘Iced Gems’, and, a personal favourite of mine, the sickly sweet ‘Pink Wafer’. Rebecca will employ different types of light sources and armature constructions to best embody the qualities of three types of biscuit.
• Tiny pastel coloured ‘Iced Gems’ piped in porcelain will interrupt swathes of draped sparkling fiber optic strands, forming a jelly-fish like shimmering body with trailing tails of light.
• The rectangular Pink Wafer with its geometric waffle patterned surface will compliment an Art Deco style waterfall chandelier with its cascading downward repetition of depleting concentric rings. The delicate waffle texture will be highlighted by the translucency of the porcelain.
• Party rings will overlap like sugary marbled fish-scales to form a tinkling and translucent globe with bright light spilling through their absent centers.
Light Snack made it’s debut at COLLECT 2011; the British Crafts Council’s flagship event held annually at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Full details and further images can be found at http://www.rebeccawilsonceramics.com/index.php/2011/05/light_snack/.