materials: Hand made ceramics, porcelain glaze
techniques: High fired ceramics with printed images fired onto the surface.
dimensions: 22 x 0.5 m
brief: To make a piece of artwork for the Oncology unit in Beaumont Hospital.
commissioned by: Health Service Executive, Dublin
Everybody needs a little luck. Some people believe in the power of prayer, a higher being, or a lucky charm. Some get their inner strength from the love of their family or the kindness of strangers. Whatever keeps people going through adverse times is a very personal choice.
This artwork conveys some of these personal supports in this ceramic artwork. Throughout time, different cultures have worn charms often in the form of a piece of jewellery with amulets which have important meanings for the wearer. These remind them of significant events in their life or could be a symbol of a belief.
Made from lightly textured, mono-printed colored ceramic shapes with images representing things such as love, faith, happy memories, significant events, friends, animals, days out, laughter and words. The images are printed onto the clay surface and include patients families, places of significance and some of their own artwork.
Staff and patients were encouraged to participate in the designs for this artwork by filling in a short form left in the waiting area and became very involved with all the responses helping the artist create the different kinds of images used for each charm.