|Sunday, October 24, 2004|
Along with the ceramic rock video I mentioned yesterday, Todd Leech uses text on the surfaces of his pieces. These may be date like pressings on the bottles in his installation "I Can't Breath Here Anymore", or "Watch This Space" on a platter.
"Often incorporating text on his pieces using antique printing letters, Todd's work uniquely possesses a political and moral conscious."
Further, Todd includes his age as part of his signature on the pots.
While I have know folks to put the date on their pots, I find the idea of one's age a much more personal concept. A date speaks to the outward, common events that pass. While it helps people understand an artist's progress, it also places the piece within a historical period. The piece carries some of the meaning of its time.
One's age is a more personal demarcation of time. In this way, the piece carries the maker's maturity, the artist's place in time, the undersanding of the world that it universal for one of a given age...