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Canis Minor, Taurus, Canis Major

Jeanne Blissett Robertson

Canis Minor, Taurus, Canis Major

Jeanne Blissett Robertson





Dimensions (cm)

Height: 30
Length: 150
Depth: 150


Slip-cast porcelain & earthenware, metal props

Suitable Locations for the Work

  • Indoors
  • On a plinth

Background, history, commissioner of the work

The work was commissioned by Edinburgh Ceramics Workshop as part of my residency there from October 2020 to April 2021. It was exhibited at Drill Hall, Edinburgh, for mine and David Gray's end of residency exhibition, 'Off-Kilter'. During my residency I wanted to build on my slip-casting techniques and make larger, more intricately shaped work than previous projects. I had the metal props professionally made by Gavin Turnbull. The plinth was custom made but is has been re-purposed since.

Thematic/contextual information

Canis Minor, Taurus, Canis Major is an installation inspired by the long-standing relationship between seasonal star constellations and weather. The pieces combine the shapes of three winter star constellations - Canis Minor (white sculpture), Taurus (blue/black sculpture), Canis Major (terracotta sculpture), as seen in the Northern Hemisphere, with a range of weather symbols to depict how this relationship is becoming less predictable due to climate change.

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