Artist: Ché Finch
Medium: Earthenware, glazes, stains and oxides
Dimensions: 10" x 7" inches
© Ché Finch
Untitled #3 2013 is a handmade ceramic tile exploring the urban and rural landscape. It explores the relationship between them, experimenting with colours and shapes associated with both, aiming to capture a transitional moment. The green vertical expanse to the right evokes a sense of a building or tree, and stimulates our inherent experience of landscape. It references the artists own experience of landscape as a young child in South Africa, surrounded by landscapes dominated by vast expanses of veld, with mountains spontaneously appearing out of a flat vista, alongside much less dominant and sparse urban enviroments. It intimates a shared landscape experience stimulating visceral images, referrencing an inner world where we might meld both, allowing these images to interplay, constantly shifting our environment in our mind's eye to process the information. So when we see a building, we may sense a tree etc.
Untitled #3 forms part of several abstract tiles exploring the interplay between rural and urban spaces. An initial layer of oxide was applied over the lower half of the tile to create the basic shape of the landscape, which was then scrapped and sponged away in areas to create tonal relief. Further glazes and stains were then painted and poured onto the tile, scraping away areas and using wax and latex resists to create depth and texture. The bright yellow stain in the lower right of the tile references the sun 'within the earth', which is a recurring motif which references Ché Finch's early experiences of feeling the heat of the day in South Africa via the ground, where the heat of the sun builds up within the earth throughout the course of the day.
Untitled #3 encourages the viewer to reconcile their experience of both urban and rural landscapes.