2013-2015 Royal College of Art, London, MA 2003-2006 University of Westminster, London, BA
Through her contribution to Cure3, Purple Midnight Baby Cloud Bundle, award-winning British ceramic artist Tessa Eastman continues her exploration of the connotations surrounding clouds. According to the artist, clouds have a certain duality as they are linked to doom and negativity, but also to joy and hope. In this piece the artist has shaped a ceramic, purple cloud-like structure; an uncanny shape which appears almost alive and moving. By creating a cloud out of ceramic, Eastman transforms the intangible and temporary into something solid and permanent.
The artist is interested in reflecting the human psyche through employing contrasting materials. Here, the juxtaposition of the rigid, transparent cube and the seemingly formless coloured shape, echo the instability of human emotions. In the artist’s words, “the strange otherworldliness of natural phenomena transports me away from the mundane and I become excited when fixed ceramic form seems alive, evoking awareness of life’s impermanence where not all makes sense.”