The subject matter of my work is primarily concerned with the form both human and animal, more notably hybrid. The intention, context and symbolism that underline my representations are my personal emotional responses to social issues and I will often embellish my work with the comic and whimsical as an antidote to the darker side of human nature. My intentions are to highlight and confront real issues.
I hand build figurative sculptures using stoneware clay which is fired to about 1240 degrees. Each piece is individually crafted and is thus unique; my methods vary and include coiling, pinching, slab work and fine sculpting. A variety of finishes are applied ranging from under glazes, oxides, glazes and oxidised metal paint finishes as well as gold and silver leaf.
There is a sense of theatrical in my figures the combination of animal imagery is significant to my work as I find it has the honest directness of animals. I also like to place as much thought to the titles of my works, so that the viewer may be directed to the intended narrative content.
Take a look at Rosh's work by visiting Stand C20a. Rosh's website can be found at http://www.roshkeegan.com