My interest lies in the human condition and our relationship with the machines that support our contemporary lifestyle. Using the machine as my paradigm, I create narratives and metaphors that engage viewers in a dialogue with my musings and discoveries about life, time, chance and other social concerns.

 

 

 

 

 

Artists Statement : Terry Bouton 2011

My interest lies in the human condition and the relationship that exists with the machines that support our contemporary lifestyle. Through my machines, I create narratives and metaphors that engage viewers in a dialogue with my musings and discoveries about life, time, chance and social concerns.

My artistic practice focuses on obsessive research, documentation, memory, and experience, prior to creation. My academic background, combined with wide travel experience, has made me voyager, continually seeking to learn and viewing the world as an outsider. This has made me keenly critical of my natural environment, less fulfilled with the consumerism of a contemporary lifestyle, and keen to comment about universal concerns. I express this discomfort through works that are often comic on the surface, but reveal a underlying caustic edge.

Travelling, and my interest in archaeology, has made me a gleaner. I am sensitive to surface, shape and form, and delight in the inventive ideas and creative solutions that humankind has applied to object making. Through my selection process, I synthesise the detritus of urban societies gleaned from second hand and antique shops, into the construction of my ceramic forms. Likewise, these interests have encouraged me to become a collector of disparate sounds, verses, languages and friendships that are integrated into my works.

In 2007 I began creating my machines in ceramics. These machines play with the relationship between the aesthetically beautiful and useful machine, and the fun but ridiculously useless art machine. The introduction of sound and lighting, and the addition of the element of moving parts, now unite the individual pieces into theatrical installations where the spectator is invited to engage with the works in a didactic, sensory journey. By incorporating moving parts, found objects, shadows and sound recordings, I aim to intrigue, surprise, educate and engage the public of all ages and interests.