Phossil 269 - Golem 1960s?
40cm x 26cm x 3cm / Hand-painted with black oxides onto porcelain, fired twice up to 1280cº integrated with portion of old window shutter
Phossil 207 - After found Polaroid circa 1970?
42cm x 30cm x 10cm / Hand-painted with oxides on porcelain, fired twice up to 1280cº/inserted into wood block found by Herault river, France
Phossil 181 Golem/Chris in Cave?
25cm x 15cm x 15cm 10cm / Hand-painted with oxides onto porcelain, fired twice up to 1280cº integrated with acrylic on found tin watering can
With the ubiquitous digital image taking centre stage and the decline of the printed photograph, Charlie Bonallack presents the printed photograph as a thin receipt or a fossil…a half truth, a trace, possibly a clue to the past.
“I never liked photography,” Robert Mapplethorpe is quoted as saying, “Not for the sake of photography. I like the object. I like the photographs when you hold them in your hand.”
Submitted to 2017 Creative Excellence Awards