power, enslavement and the picturesque

In this work, I explored power structures relating to the period of enslavement at the turn of the 18th century in Jamaica through ceramic production and visual culture. The focus was on low-fired terracotta vessels produced by women who were enslaved: objects of power, agency and resistance. These were set against picturesque images that gave no hint of the hardships of slavery, images which I disrupted through collage and printed on tiles.
smoke-fired terracotta pots and tiles
disrupted picturesque images by James Hakewill
wheel thrown and altered raw porcelain, with terra sigillata and acrylic surface
height 18cm diameter 23cm  
A response to a charcoal nude drawing. The form explores the representation of the black female body.