Van Wyk's contribution to Delft was produced in collaboration with Ceramic Matters. An original artist proof was divided into three sections, placed in a cast and then reproduced in porcelain in a traditional potters kiln.
My greatest fear in life isn't death. It is death by drowning.
Guided by a single central structural line, a symmetrical, double sided, front and back visibly differentiated, slowly a shape comes into being. A kind of form-making that is born from repetition, a muscled memory, re-enacted, repeated, released from gravity, time after time, echoing the rhythmic waving of the sea. A solidified echo of an act of defiance, of man against nature, taming the ocean's wildness. I could be your hero, baby. A well equiped hand, shaping, holding, making an aesthetically beautiful form, but a form which function I will never be quite able to fully appreciate.
Recreated in blue, in porcelain, in some kind of Delftian echo of a joke. An inverse cast plaster form is moulded and reversed in a porcelain cast of the shape. A triptych of symmetrical shapes come into being. Each carrying the DNA of the original form, expressing its structure as its decoration, blue as the deep sea on a clear day.
But this board ain't never gonna float. It'll sink like a lead balloon, like a joke when you forgot the punchline, like a stone version of myself should I ever dare to try and carve, cowabunga or gun it.
Instead I will find myself, wiped out, mouth agape, eating sand. And it's here where a stone version of the classic Spider Murphy board will be planted, gathering mussel and mollusk, slowly turning blue as the sea claims it as one of its own, a gravestone in memory of my inability to ever be the one riding the tube.
Van Wyk's contribution to Delft was produced in collaboration with Ceramic Matters.