January 17, 2020

Whilst machine production can achieve perfection, can something made by hand be more successful?

Zoe Wilson, 34

Our eyes have become accustomed to seeing the accuracy that machine production creates. Whilst enjoying perfection, can the presence of the maker enhance the finished piece? I explored this idea through carving a geometric pattern. Geometry relies on perfect accuracy to create intricate patterns and therefore requires meticulous precision when carving. Whilst it is not 100% accurate, it is as close to perfect as I can achieve. The chisel marks in the finished piece show the presence of the maker leaving a legacy with each mark, bringing a pleasing quality to the work and reminding the viewer that this piece is hand made and unique. I did not set out for this work to be perfect, but rather accurate enough to be pleasing to the eye. Maybe it is the intention of the object, which determines whether perfection is necessary or whether the unique nature of hand made allows a connection between the viewer and the marker. Traditional skills passing from master to apprentice has shaped my career and is at the heart of my work. Whilst the old masters were highly skilled, maybe the modern perfection filled world has made craftsmen of today strive for another level of skill.

Pyramids, 2019Stone (slate)390x390x45mm