Anna BARLOW UK, b. 1982

Eyes open wide when served a helping of Anna Barlow’s uber scrumptious ceramic ice-cream fantasies - shouts of ‘Gimme a spoon!’ (not always silently in your head) are hard to stifle. Barlow presents a master class of consummate manipulation of materials to visually express the addiction of instant gratification - tantalising, delightful and, yes, a little subversive.

 

Barlow’s command of the medium (she lectures in glaze technology at Central St Martins) results in a true feast for the eyes - as she explains “I have developed techniques to highlight the nature of clay and glaze to mimic edible items. I am excited to use ceramic materials that already possess the quality of the food that I want to re-create. The dry texture of high fired porcelain translates into wafers whilst a silky opaque glaze obeys it own desire to run and drip, achieving the final melting results.”

 

The portrayal of food through the ages - with its connotations of pleasure, desire, and historically sometime signals of status and affluence - is pervasive. Modern preoccupation with rampant consumption and excessive indulgence overlays this tradition and, ramped up by the Pandemic forcing us all to spend more time confronting the kitchen, have given rise to a new subset of confection as art. Barlow doesn’t hold back and piles it high - teetering and starting to melt, the occasional ice-cream cone goes splat. She adds “The rituals and culture around the eating of sweet food continue to fascinate me. An undercurrent of competitiveness, anxiety, consumerism and performance is usually lurking beneath the surface of a three tiered ombre butter cream piñata cake. Age old fears, joys and tragedies tend to go hand in hand with a gathering of people around a cake…”

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2022

“106 Doughnuts for Wedgwood” Fiskars, Finland

 

2019

Miam Miam! Ceramique Gourmandes,Foudation Bernardaud Foundation, Limoges, France.

“Sandbox” Solo Exhibition, Whistleblower Gallery, Brighton.

Window Display at the Last Tuesday Society, London.

Useful/Beautiful; Why Craft Matters, Harewood House, Leeds.

 

2018

Museum of Ceramics, Talavera De La Reina, Spain

Collect with Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, London

 

2017

Ceramic Art London, Central St Martins, London.

“Spoiled” Solo exhibition, Craft Central, London.

Double Trouble, Made in Britaly, London

 

2016

Museum of Ice Cream, New York

Palm Springs Art Fair, Rebecca Hossack Gallery

Rebecca Hossack Gallery, Charlotte Street, London.

 

2015

Solo Exhibition, Landmark Shopping Centre, Hong Kong

Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong, Rebecca Hossack Gallery

Affordable Art Fair New York, Rebecca Hossack Gallery

Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Rebecca Hossack Gallery

Lapada Art and Antiques Fair, Rebecca Hossack Gallery

Art Hamptons, Rebecca Hossack Gallery.

GICB Biennale 2015

 

2014

India Art Fair, Scream booth, New Delhi, India

 

2013

Summer Exhibition, Scream, London

Deception: Ceramics and Imitation, Group show, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

London Art Fair, Bicha Gallery

Collect, Saatchi Gallery, London

 

2012

AAF Singapore, Bicha Gallery

AAF Hampstead, Bicha Gallery

Savouring the Remnants, solo exhibition , Bicha Gallery

AAF Stockholm, Bicha Gallery

Royal Academy Summer Show 2012

Ceramic Art London 2012

AAF New York, Bicha Gallery