Taken from his earlier film Century Egg, in which he assumes the personae of a neolithic bog man, Bedwyr Williams’ self-titled pickling jars are casts of his face; an effigy of the artist. The black clay that Bedwyr chose re-emphasizes this idea of himself as the neolithic bog man as well as his interest in the petrifaction of the human body. This work is typical of Bedwyr Williams work in which he creates works that are radically unfamiliar through use of familiar symbols. Drawing on outside, alternative or non-mainstream cultural tropes Bedwyr creates neo-pathological works that appear somewhat threatening and shockingly humorous in their weird perculiarity. For this work Bedwyr Williams was invited by artists and curators Robert Rush and Alex Hoda, who also invited 9 other artists, to make ceramic works in the wood-fired kiln at Cass Sculpture Foundation in 2015. All the works were part of exhibition Rough Music and in combination with the 9 other artists works Bedwyr's pickling jars were made functional at a dinner at Edel Assanti gallery in London.
About The Artist
Bedwyr Williams works across a variety of media including performance, video, sculptures and text often bringing them together as larger installations. He is interested in the friction between the deadly serious and the banal aspects of modern life. Often he satirises the role of the artist and that of the curator against this backdrop creating cruel, absurd scenarios for them to appear in. He will often deliberately refrain from over-explaining his work, preferring to let the work speak for itself and the audience work for interpretation, perhaps in retaliation to the convoluted art-jargon commonly associated with much contemporary art.