DANCING WITH EVERY RHYTHM 2011-2014 Hand built, Oxidation fired Stoneware Dimensions variable Photograph by artist ---- The installation work Dancing with every rhythm suggests a visual as well as a physical sensuality. A group of ceramic forms are assembled to represent movement and stillness at the same time. This expression of movement is enhanced by showing the work as a concert of ceramic pieces; My work is strongly influenced by the thirteenth century Persian poet Jala al-din Rumi (1273 CE). Rumi was a mystic Sufi poet, who expressed spirituality in verse. The rhythmic meditative dance of whirling dervishes is associated with Rumi. I do not aim to express a literal representation of the Whirling Dervishes but aim for my work to act as a metaphor for the meditative practices adopted by spiritual Sufis and the relationship between personal and universal narrative and transformation within a spiritual context of the journey of individual thought and sensation to reach love and perfection. Each sculptural form in this installation encapsulates the whirling movement of the figure as a spiral form with a range of shadowy tones and highlights, to enhance the appearance of movement in the form. I express beauty and the wonder of love though the implied movement of these spiralling three-dimensional forms. Rumi says, "All loves are a bridge to Divine love. Yet, those who have not had a taste of it do not know.” Love can be experienced by all of us. The human being has been created with love in order to love. To utilise the motif of a continuous curved line and a variety of possible positions invites the viewer to explore the full-body shape from various angles. The eye travels across and around the form; running along spirals and discovering rhythm and contrast.