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Alison Cooke

Ceramic artist Alison Cooke sources clay from construction sites in order to make ceramic forms that reference the history of the area in which the clay was excavated.

Exhibited at Collect Open are the early stages of a site-specific homage to the pioneering work of Victorian ceramist Henry Doulton and engineer Joseph Bazalgette, whose combined input to the London sewer system saved tens of thousands of lives. Clay excavated from London’s future sewer, currently under construction, is being used to make structural elements of pipes and tunnels that collapse history by referencing both past and future designs.

Alison Cooke, Tideway Clay Spoil, 2017, 44 x 27 x 25cm, Clay, Photo: Alison Cooke