Artwork #33


Sofia Payne


Earthenware ceramic, 2017

Anxietea represents a dichotomy between the calm that is associated with the ceremony of drinking tea and the unfamiliar form and function of a three-spouted tea pot – one of which is a real spout – with outstretched appendages. Featuring unfriendly spines, the tea cup is no more soothing in appearance, as it will only ever sit in suspension over the saucer. Drawing inspiration from the natural world and looking to predators and the poisonous I have been able to tap into the innate psychological response of animals when faced with the alien.