What the Fuck is this sheep doing? by Connor Coulston

This is the first porcelain piece created by Coulston. Inspired by the 18th Century Derby Porcelain figurine, ‘The Shepherdess’, Coulston has used his satirical sense of humour to subvert the original to make his own. It is one of Coulston more technically accomplished pieces.


Connor Coulston Sculptures

Oldham-born Connor Coulston is an artist whose practice is defined by the ongoing conversation between his self-deprecating sense of humour, wild imagination and the materiality of clay. The majority of Coulston’s work is a result of a fascination for the kitsch ceramic ornaments that you would usually find in a charity shop or that have adorned his grandmother’s fireplace. He subverts these often mundane pieces through a rigorous questioning of their legacy and hidden narrative whilst focusing on personal issues such as depression, queer identity and his grandmother's love for right-wing politicians. Coulston uses his humour as a tool to create surreal and kitsch sculptures, lulling his audience into a false sense of security before the works' sinister undertones are revealed. Graduated from his MA at the Royal College of Art in 2017. Recent achievements include being selected as one of fifty artists commissioned from Sky Arts to explore what it means to be British post Brexit Winner of the Ingram Prize 2020 and runner-up at the 2021 BCB AWARD

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