The fragility of the ceramics medium can be seen as either asset or restriction. For Tim Wallace, this dichotomy, is both. With Tectonic Systems, Tim explores these dueling characteristics of clay and form through creation, deconstruction and reconstruction. Using these innately ceramic processes, he has created a body of work that reflects the organic, aesthetic and historical nature of clay, form and earth.
The origins of clay as earth are explored through their relationship to shifting and transforming parts over a period of time; Clay ages. Segments of earth shift, reshape and settle. These natural phenomena reflect very human understandings of boundaries, faults, divides, movement and mapping. Tim explores these processes in order to better consider the changes that take place when individual elements and fragments begin functioning as a complete whole. He pushes this notion further by adding a functionality to each form.
With this body of work, Tim addresses issues of control, or the perceived notion of control. Each form exists as a conquest of fear, reflecting a certain liberation. They compel viewers to question ideas about change, adaptation, decision-making, death, responsibility, purpose and durability. Tim forces viewers to consider the things which they deem precious and ultimately question what they explore, guard and cherish.
For Tim Wallace, the symbolic nature of the traditional chess set has always been intriguing. However, the challenge of bringing something fresh to these forms could not be satisfied solely with the potter's wheel. As a result, Tim has pushed the boundaries of these classical forms as well as the limitations of inactivity and scale often posed by singular wheel thrown vessels. The result is romantic, highly-charged chess characters that are somewhat abstract, suggestive and always active.
Tim has injected a dynamism into the dormant forms, utilizing traditional wheel thrown vessels, with their undulating throw-lines, by adhering them to one another to form limbs, torsos and suggestive human form. The scale of the forms underlines their presence and drama. Tim's Chess Pieces compel viewers to reconsider the game and their notions of heroism, and to contemplate ideas of strategy, status, virility and vulnerability in a fresh and captivating way.