Us.Amy Peace Buzzard Laia Ribas Valls
Amy Peace Buzzard (United Kingdom) and Laia Ribas Valls (Catalonia) are craft artists based in the United Kingdom and Sweden respectively, collaborating on the research project Food is Home. Here, research aims to discuss ideas of cultural identity in relation to dining and culinary related domestic objects. Culinary objects are positioned as vessels for socio-cultural history. The acts of cooking and eating form methods within the research, investigating their value in relation to the dissemination and continuation cultural identity.
The artists combine their practices as object makers, with participatory community-based workshops, aiming to democratically explore the diverse perspectives held within the domestic social scene.
Both Amy and Laia come from a background within metal but take an experimental approach to the field of domestic objects, working in a range of materials and forms. Meeting at Konstfack University in 2015, they both studied for the Masters in CRAFT. They have both continued their academic careers within research; Amy is a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art, London, and Laia has recently completed the Research Lab programme at Konstfack University, Stockholm.
Amy Peace Buzzard
Amy Peace Buzzard is a multidisciplinary maker working in London. Her practice centres around the domestic scene, the objects in our lives that shape who we are. Installation acts as a key method within her work, bringing together layers of narrative, poetics and crafted objects, forming comments on the social.
Within Food is home Amy’s work delves into the act of sharing within a communal setting. In Breaking Bread, she creates meeting situations, where bread plates form the basis of a shared eating experience. Dad’s Cake follows her as she recreates her dad’s gestures, baking his fruit cake and distributing it out amongst family members and friends. Here, tin foil becomes a signifier and symbol of the sharing act.
Bread plates, flour, oil, water and salt.
Fruit cake baked from Dad’s recipe, with tin foil still life.
Laia Ribas Valls
When moving you have to constantly readapt and reshape to the new context. Going to the store to get groceries can become a scavengers hunt. Everyday small things become a challenge to overcome.
When I find myself in these situations I tend to approach the new realities through food. Food and the objects required to cook and eat it are quick and easy doorways to understand the context we live in.
In this series of work I intend to visualize the deconstruction and reconstruction process we go through when relocating. By deconstructing and reconstructing spoons, adding specific materials I gather in my travels, I want to visualize the changes that one goes through.
D’agafar les culleres, n’hi ha de moltes maneres. (Barcelona series)
D’agafar les culleres, n’hi ha de moltes maneres. (Imatra series)
Wooden spoons and granite