Title: Britannias Eye
Size: 16cm height
Medium: Ceramic

Additional Information
"This torso is similar to the previous torsos in that it shows the objectification of woman. However, there is a difference, Britannia has an all-seeing eye in her chest. This is to represent omniscience. Often the all-seeing eye is masculine, such as the Freemason Eye of Providence shown on top of the United States one dollar note. Britannias Eye is a feminine eye of providence, showing that even though her body has been reduced to a torso, she still has the power to save the situation. The situation being a melting fragment of the British flag on her back. (This flag is a condensed representation of the flags in Britannia II). I believe that focusing on mystery and beauty, gives some hope for the future."

Price: £100

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About the Artist

Graduated with Honours in Film and Theatre (M.A.) at Glasgow University in 1991. Continued at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art to specialise in stop motion animation, obtaining a diploma in Electronic Imaging.

Discovering later that ceramics was her preferred medium, she took a postgraduate ceramic course at DJCA followed by two summers' apprenticeship with Lotte Glob, in Durness. She has now been working with clay for over twenty years. From making ceramic jewellery in Mexico, hand thrown pottery in Spain to more abstract work in Scotland.

She now makes vessels and figures decorated with coloured slips, melted glass, circular markings and sometimes photographic images. The colours in her glaze decoration are informed by an abstract interpretation of the landscape. She begins by painting the landscape with acrylics on canvas which then inspire the glazing.

Goddesses often feature in her work as she plays with the idea that they too are responding to our political climate.

Her work combines abstract design with messages about the world we live in.

She has exhibited in Spain, Mexico and Scotland including;
The Sproson Gallery, St Andrews,
VAS 'Open' and ‘Fly’ at RSA; Edinburgh,
The Sutton Gallery; Edinburgh,
Glasgow Art Village,
Dunfermline’s Fire Station Creative,
St Andrews Botanic Gardens,
The Torrence Gallery; Edinburgh,
The Luti Gallery in Callander,
East Neuk Open Studios,
and The Fisher Gallery in Pittenweem.

Leonie has exhibited in the Pittenweem Art Festival for six years and demonstrated for Meet your Maker for Craft Scotland.

Last year she was commissioned to make two Baptism Fonts for St Salvators and St Leonards Chapel in St Andrews, Scotland.

Most recently she won St Andrew’s University Booker Prize competition with a sculptural response to Hisham Matar’s novel, ‘In the Country of Men’.