Gina Baum is an early career British artist whose experimental practice is predominantly with porcelain. Baum’s creative explorations commenced with an Art and Design Foundation Diploma at Stroud and South Gloucestershire College in 2012. She continued her studies with a BA in Drawing and Applied Arts at University West of England, graduating in 2017. Baum lives on a smallholding in Gloucestershire and is trained as a Registered General Nurse.
I consider creativity and care to be inseparable. My working process and conceptual thinking stems from the impetus and desire to mend and care. I construct and hand build intricate and detailed forms using porcelain. Experimentation, improvisation and an innate curiosity to pursue the extraordinary and the unexpected are also embedded in how and why I use clay. This way of working can add material stress and tensions into the clay body. Inevitably this leads to a high failure rate, allowing the caring and mending to re-emerge.
The final objects appear familiar yet unknown. They are reminiscent of the states of transition that I have experienced, with evidence of decay and decline. Abject traits of the bodily and of our surrounding environment are reflected within the colour choice, the texture and the form of each distinct piece, challenging understandings of aesthetics and of beauty.