The subject matter of Katharine Morling’s sculptural ceramics is derived from ordinary, even mundane, objects that surround us every day. However, through her acute observation they become surreal, imbued with characteristics beyond their ordinary physicality. Her preferred medium is porcelain, defined by black line drawing, in which she creates one-off objects, limited editions, collections and installations on a range of scale. In this exhibition at One Canada Square the aim is to show some of this range and also to demonstrate Katharine’s sense of fun, her acute observation of everyday things, her sense of how strange things can be, and how obsessive human activity sometimes is.
Included in the exhibition is a new commission Katharine has created for Balman Gallery, Garden’s Edge 2013-15. It is an extensive installation in which she has built up a full narrative, a virtual novel of mystery and intrigue. The scenario of players and objects is open to many interpretations so that viewers may make of it what they will, although the artist says the installation is about disconnectedness and innocence within an idyllic landscape or garden.