The Artist's Wife

2015
Glazed ceramic, Stoneware
17.5 x 53.5 x 16.5 cm

The Artist's Wife is a portrayal of Jackson Sprague’s wife as a vase and reflects Sprague’s recent interest in figuration and autobiography. The Artist's Wife is constantly maintained with fresh flowers and water, which reflects Sprague’s interest in the everydayness of living with objects. This vase is typical of Jackson's style in which he often creates art works that have an intrinsically domestic appeal and insinuate themselves into the lives of real or on occasion fictional residents, which Jackson manifests through installational works. Sprague often draws on mid-century aesthetics when design was heralded and contemporary art often merged aesthetic sensibilities with architecture and design and cross-disciplinary collaborations were rife. This work was made as part of exhibition Rough Music at Cass Sculpture Foundation in 2015. Jackson was invited to make these works by artists and curators Robert Rush and Alex Hoda who invited 9 other artists to also create ceramic works in the wood-fired kiln at CASS. All of the works in this exhibition were rendered functional at a dinner at Edel Assanti Gallery in London, either as tables, glasses, jugs, mugs in order to highlight questions concerning the use-value of art and the perceived limitation of separating culture into categories of art, design, architecture etc.

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About The Artist

Jackson Sprague's works play with concepts such as domesticity, function, value, staging and the conflict between interior and exterior. In Jackson's work artworks are proposed as live in entities, close to their owners and insinuating themselves into the lives and surroundings of real or imagined residents. He appropriates the vocabulary of decorative objects, such as vases, room dividers, even pictures hanging on the wall to make art-objects that camouflage their 'artness' in pseudo-interior settings. His work draws on design motifs from the last century, which act as codes for design and domesticity. However Jackson often employs neglected materials, such as cardboard, to create his work and thereby undermines these apparently tasteful objects in order to raise questions about the domesticity of art, it's value as a commodity, how art accumulates value, what it is to be a piece of art and what it could be.

Jackson Sprague

Born: 1982

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