Glazed ceramic plate
20.7 cm diameter
‘Refugees’ New ceramics.
Hopkins has not worked with the medium of ceramics since he was a student at Goldsmiths’ College, London and this new series sees a return to the form to explore and connect the world news around us with the everyday domestic.
Hopkins writes about recent work:
"Lately, I have turned my attention towards making pictures of people in refugee camps. This hasn’t been an overtly conscious decision to focus on one particular aspect, but a case of my continued following of the news narrative. In previous work, such as the ‘Syria’ series (recently showed in a successful exhibition in China, which are now in the collection of Nanjing Baijia Lake International Culture Investment Group), I made reference to the devastating destruction and the fleeing of people from their homeland; family watching tanks advancing on the horizon, an ISIS flag flying from the top of a residential building, women and their children running from a mortar attack and other such depictions. In this new work I wanted to somehow paint the sense of loneliness and fear that I see in the frightened faces of women and children as they battle with unwanted journeys in foreign lands. Hounded out of their own country and abruptly greeted by unwelcoming and often violent communities. I want to honour these people. Those on treacherous journeys, met by aggressive police and controlled by the horror of razor wire. I make pictures and make reference to images that we can easily miss in the daily news by being distracted by the weather or Eurovision.
With very ordinary and domestic materials bought at the hardware shop, such as varnish, gloss and emulsion paints, I try to paint the squalid mud of refugee camps, the unimaginable horror of losing children and the plight of orphans alone in the ‘jungle’”.
The plates have been made using ceramic glaze, which Hopkins has used as he does when he uses paint, with his trademark splatters, drips and marks. A transparent satin glaze has been used to cover the surface before firing.
Each plate is 20.7 cm in diameter. Titled, dated and signed on the reverse.