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Student Showcase Archive
Show RCA 2019

Aphra O'Connor

Show RCA work

  • Dynamic Equilibrium Installation

    Dynamic Equilibrium Installation, Aphra O'Connor (MA Ceramics & Glass, 2019)
    terracotta, underglazes, perspex
    installation | Photographer: Guy Marshall-Brown

  • Deep Plastic Lean

    Deep Plastic Lean, Aphra O'Connor 2019
    terracotta, underglazes, perpex
    21cm x 20cm x 19.5cm | Photographer: Guy Marshall-Brown

  • Vertex Balance

    Vertex Balance, Aphra O'Connor 2019
    terracotta, underglazes, perspex
    21cm x 21.5cm x 19cm | Photographer: Guy Marshall-Brown

  • Unified Electric Curve

    Unified Electric Curve, Aphra O'Connor 2019
    terracotta, underglazes, perspex
    21cm x 21cm x 20cm | Photographer: Aphra O'Connor

  • Dynamic Equilibrium Flux 1

    Dynamic Equilibrium Flux 1, Aphra O'Connor 2019
    40cm x 40cm | Photographer: Aphra O'Connor

  • Dynamic Equilibrium Flux 2

    Dynamic Equilibrium Flux 2, Aphra O'Connor 2019
    40cm x 40cm | Photographer: Aphra O'Connor

  • Dynamic Equilibrium System 1

    Dynamic Equilibrium System 1, Aphra O'Connor 2019
    Digital Drawing
    40cm x 40cm | Photographer: Aphra O'Connor

Major project:

Dynamic Equilibrium

I have titled this installation of ceramic and print works, Dynamic Equilibrium, to reference Piet Mondrian’s thoughts on the unification of form. The bringing together of colour and form in coadunation and absolute equivalence is critical in allowing me to unite sculptural forms and my drawn patterns in a new dimension that is both flat and solid.

My interest in collections has led me to create a visual language out of my own drawings and found forms, which are then translated into plaster moulds and used as an object generator. I am amalgamating these ceramic and print works to create a holistic way of seeing form, pattern and colour.


  • In my practice, I use clay to create 3D collages that champion everyday objects. I build and assemble ceramic sculptures from plaster moulds, using 2D designs to decide the forms. I am interested in the relationship between 2D and 3D, and how clay can imitate and replicate found forms.

    I was born in Whitby, North Yorkshire, and have always had a fascination with collecting forms that I consider as 3D collages. I graduated from Wimbledon College of Art in 2014 with a BA in Sculpture. This background allows me to visualise clay in a manner that is outside of the craft pathway; with the aim of extending my designs into collaborative and inclusive installations. 

  • Previous degrees

  • BA Fine Art Sculpture, Wimbledon College of Arts, University of the Arts London, 2014; Foundation Diploma in Fine Art, Leeds Arts University, 2011
  • Experiences

  • Studio assistant, Peter Ting, London, 2019; Studio assistant, Jacquline Poncelet, London, 2018; Studio assistant, Carol McNicoll, London, 2018; Studio assistant, Ken Campbell, Bristol, 2018; Studio assistant, John Edgerton, Yorkshire, 2017
  • Exhibitions

  • Miscellany, Preston Fitzgerald's House, London, 2019; Insidejob, Tate Modern, London, 2018; Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2018; Strange Lands, Shotgun Studios, Acton, 2017; A Wash of Energy, Kunsthuis Gallery, Crayke, 2017; Franks Canteen, Highbury, 2017; London Illustration Fair, London, 2016; Canopy Market, Kings Cross, London, 2016; Lost in the Woods, The Square Gallery, Battersea, 2016; Lungs Project Launch Exhibition, The Independent, Sunderland, 2016; The Beautiful is Always Bizarre, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield, 2016; What is the future of Art?, Tate Modern, London, 2016; God’s Own County, Yorkshire Festival, Sheffield, 2016; Cheeseburn Sculpture Grange, Newcastle, 2016; CHROMA Blue, Safehouse2, Peckham, 2016; The Black Path, House of Blah Blah, Middlesbrough, 2016; Imaginary Museum, Grand Art Project, 42 New Briggate Leeds, 2016; Parade Presents Prize, LondonNewcastle Gallery, Shoreditch, 2015; Tra-Digital, Hopwood Lane, Halifax, 2015; Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, 2015; The Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen, Leeds, 2015; Virgo Festival, Exeter, 2015; MiAL Capsule, Embassy Tea Gallery, London, 2015
  • Publications

  • A Wash of Energy, Yorkshire Times, July 2017; Scantlings, Yorkshire Times, January 2017; Sue Wilkinson, Sculptor Aphra's First Solo Exhibition, Whitby Gazette, 2017
  • Funding

  • Sir Eduardo Paolozzi Scholarship
  • Sponsors

  • ID Plasters; The Stonehouse Emporium; The Solomons Family; All the generous kind and thoughtful people who donated to my Crowdfunding Campaign
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