Gina Baum is an early career artist working predominantly with porcelain. She addresses themes involving care and mending, reflecting on more than 30 years as a Registered General Nurse. She completed an MA in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art in 2019. Baum lives and has her studio in Stroud, Gloucestershire.
I consider creativity and care to be inseparable. My working process and conceptual thinking are based on the desire to mend and care. Experimentation, improvisation and an innate curiosity to pursue the extraordinary and the unexpected is also embedded in how and why I use clay. I construct and hand build forms that can be both intricate and detailed or wild and unruly. Processes can add stress and tensions into my materials. This leads to a high failure rate allowing the caring and mending to re-emerge.
The final objects appear familiar yet unknown. They are reminiscent of the states of transition, the thin line between decay and decline or regeneration and rejuvenation. Abject traits of the bodily and of our surrounding environment are reflected within the colour choice, the texture and the form of each distinct piece, challenging understandings of aesthetics and of beauty.