Every waking moment – Susie Rose Dalton

101 cylinders made from unfired white stoneware clay stretch off into the distance on a seafront wall. The cylinders are mostly the same size but some of them have clearly collapsed on the wheel or been dented when taking them off. The behind is a dusky pink.
Every Waking Moment, the results of a 16-hour performance piece making the same shape on the wheel from waking to sleep. 101 cylinders were produced and are shown in order of being. The exhibition took place on Portobello sea wall, Edinburgh. Credit: artist
101 cylinders made from unfired white stoneware clay stretch off into the distance on a seafront wall. The cylinders are mostly the same size but some of them have clearly collapsed on the wheel or been dented when taking them off. The behind is a dusky pink.
Every Waking Moment, the results of a 16-hour performance piece making the same shape on the wheel from waking to sleep. 101 cylinders were produced and are shown in order of being. The exhibition took place on Portobello sea wall, Edinburgh. Credit: artist

On March 21st 2021, on the eve of the anniversary of the UK going into lockdown, I spent every waking moment of the day producing the same shape on the pottery wheel. Over 16 hours, 101 cylinders were produced. They are shown here in order of being made.  
 
Making from waking to sleep, the piece is a physical record of a day in lockdown: its overwhelm and its emptiness. The work was exhibited in early April on the Portobello seafront wall.

http://Susierosedalton.com

Susie Rose Dalton is a contemporary artist. She works mainly with clay though her practice extends to video, performance, and painting, using simple and sensitive ways of working with materials to evoke tender parts of human experience. She is originally from Northern Ireland and has spent most of the last ten years in Scotland.