BCB 2021 Artist Talks: Toni de Jesus
Originally recorded on 11 September 2021.
During BCB 2021, Creative Producer Rhiannon Ewing-James sat down with some of the many talented artists exhibiting in the biennial. Through these talks, artists shared in-depth and behind the scenes stories about how it was creating work during 2021, their careers as artists, their greatest inspirations and the artwork they created especially for BCB 2021.
About the Artist
Toni de Jesus, Awarded Fresh Talent Resident Artist, British Ceramics Biennial 2021
Toni de Jesus’ work and ethos is centred around the idea of ceramics and its strong association with craft – as a material and its context within the fine art spectrum. He is interested in the connotations porcelain and terracotta inherited and their history. Symbols of trade, status, function, hierarchy; all factors which compare with the constant debate regarding crafts and its position within today’s society. Questions raised by this discourse resonate through his practice. A fusion of coil building and levels of flux cause each form to oscillate, as if in response to attempts at fixed definition.
With thanks to BCB Festival Assistants James and Connor for their support with filming.