Inspired by the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi (the repair of broken ceramics with gold) Bond’s ceramic portraits are sculpted then smashed then painstakingly pieced back together creating a disrupted, different surface that offers new meaning. Exploring the fragility and resilience of the human condition through the violated materiality of the sculpted portrait.
Solo exhibition at Riflemaker London
April 27 – 29 2017
The first solo exhibition of work from artist Billie Bond, Perfect Imperfection: The Art Of Healing, will go on show at Riflemaker in London from April 27 – 29.
Bond aims to cross the boundaries of craft with fine art through her act of making and smashing. The violated materiality of the work comes from a physical destruction. After crafting her ceramic sculptures, Bond destroys them – often recording the act of impact as performance or ‘the journey to enlightenment’ – before the work is painstakingly pieced back together.
Billie Bond’s smashed portraits tell a story of destruction and trauma but also one of repair, new beginnings, healing and change. She draws inspiration from the personal experience – a traumatic childhood which came back to haunt her as an adult.
Inspired by the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi (the repair of broken ceramics with gold), a philosophy of seeing beauty in imperfection, Billie Bonds’ work seeks to question a tension between destruction and repair, fragility and resilience and thoughts about what it is to be human. Her fractured portraits seek to consider a critical engagement with the viewer, confronting fundamental questions of the inner self.
Perfect Imperfection – The Art of Healing
27-29 April 2017
Riflemaker, 79 Beak Street
London W1F 9SU
Thursday 27 April 12-6pm
Friday 28 April 10-8pm
Saturday 29 April 10-7pm
Thursday 27 April 6-9pm (RSVP)
About Billie Bond:
Bond took up sculpture after a spinal injury forced her to change career. After completing a degree in 3D Design and Craft at Colchester School of Art she went on to do an MA in Sculptural Practice. Her work has appeared in private and public collections across the UK.
Born in Northumberland in 1965, Billie Bond grew up in Essex and continues to live there now. An early career in nursing gave her an appreciation of human anatomy, which she considers sensitively in her figurative representations.
Her 20 years experience as a designer-maker includes designing furniture, interiors, interior decorating and painting murals. During studies, her creative ideas were expressed in the form of figurative sculpture. She has guest-lectured in portrait sculpture at The Art Academy, London and has some of her work published in Modelling & Sculpting the Figure by Tanya Russell (2012).
In 2009 Billie sculpted her sister, who has Downs Syndrome, on the 4th Plinth in Trafalgar Square as part of Anthony Gormley’s, highlighting the importance of art for everyone.
After a residency at Chelmsford Museum in Essex, her work A Portrait Of Chelmsford was accepted into the Chelmsford museum’s collection. The work, a series of sculptures of local people, represents the cultural identity of Chelmsfordians in 2011.
Billie won the Pure Arts Sculpture Prize in 2013, with the winning piece A Link With The Past being exhibited in a curated space at Saatchi Gallery, London as part of the Strarta art fair. She was also awarded a research residency at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds in 2016.
Billie was recently commissioned by Alan Carr’s Chattyman to sculpt a character head of Lionel Richie!