‘avarice’ by barnaby barford

barnaby barford: avarice david gill gallery, london october 10th through to october 14th, 2012

british artist barnaby barford will be showing his latest work ‘avarice’ as part of PAD london at david gill galleries. the sculptural wall-piece is made from 9,000 handmade porcelain flowers and leaves decorated with paper currency motif. the title of the artwork already communicates the philosophy behind the piece – ‘avarice’ meaning the insatiable desire for wealth or gain – reinforced by not only the patterning of currency, but also the meticulous, obsessive creation of each hand-made petal.

the work is an exploration of the human condition – as most of his work – through the medium of ceramic, communicating the captivation of money, riches, luxury and wealth with each piece having been polished to a mirror-like finish so that the viewer inevitably becomes part of the artwork, and sees themselves. through the forces of beauty and highly detailed craft, barford encourages the viewer to consider their position within a society driven by money and ultimately greed.

barford says of the work:

‘money represents all that is seen as important in our societies, whether it be luxury, security or survival, having it or the lack of it is everything. it is our obsessive ways to acquire more; our insatiable appetite; never having enough, which causes so many of our problems.’

barnaby barford: avarice money petal porcelain installation the sculptural wall-piece is made from 9,000 handmade porcelain flowers and leaves

barnaby barford: avarice money petal porcelain installation ‘avarice’ means the insatiable desire for wealth or gain

barnaby barford: avarice money petal porcelain installation the work explores the captivation of money, riches, luxury and wealth