Florence Peake with Anne Tetzlaff
CRUDE CARE, 2021
13 minutes 16 seconds
Aberdeen City Council (Archives, Gallery & Museums collection)
Commissioned by Hayward Gallery Touring and Aberdeen Art Gallery for British Art Show 9 and made possible with Art Fund support.
Made in collaboration with filmmaker Anne Tetzlaff. Featuring Earl Soloman, performer and carer; Kirstie Richardson, assistant and workshop facilitator; Helen Partridge Love, Technical Service Officer Ceramics & Glass, Gray’s School of Art / Robert Gordon University; Rachel Thibbotumunuwe, Learning Manager, Aberdeen Art Gallery; and the carers who partook in workshops Earl Solomon, Kirsty Russell, Sarah Baganz, and Jan Dijkhuizen.
This film, made in collaboration with filmmaker Anne Tetzlaff, is part of Florence Peake’s trio of works entitled CRUDE CARE. Like the other two parts – a sculpture and performance – it is informed by Aberdeen’s landscape, its natural resources of granite and oil, and the treatment of workers in the UK care sector.
The ceramic sculpture was developed by Peake with Earl Solomon, a caregiver based in Aberdeen, and Kirstie Richardson, a dancer who works in care settings. Deliberately inverting the extractive process of mining, they developed a kind of burying ritual, taking turns to cover one another in thick layers of clay, before carefully extracting each body. The resulting sculpture – now fired and glazed – can be seen in each city of the British Art Show 9 tour.