“The series began with a fascination of the manifold representation of hands, potent for me as a maker having a hands on relationship with the material I work with. I often see these hand motifs as self portraits to a degree, expressions of my own hands drawn from habits and personal relationships. It is about touch, or lack thereof within the context of a pandemic; hand gestures as a communicator that words cannot articulate otherwise” – Gerald Mak
Gerald Mak, a recent graduate from Ceramics and Glass MA at the Royal College of Art, questions identity constructs and human relationships within his work, whilst referencing his own exploration of self as a Hong Kong born artist living in London. With an inquisitive and playful approach to making, Gerald's Desire for Communications and Relationships series illustrates hand gestures as a communicative tool; both the artist's own mannerisms, as well as harmonious and conflicting hand signs used during protests in Hong Kong. Each vessel is unique and depicts overlapping hands carved onto thrown porcelain produced during a residency in China's city of porcelain, Jingdezhen.
Born in Hong Kong, Gerald Mak is an interdisciplinary artist based in London. He recently completed his MA in Ceramics and Glass at Royal College of Art (2020), and previously his BA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art (2013). In 2019, he participated in two residency programmes in Jingdezhen, including the RCA China Project Cultural Experience and Across Borders by Sanbao Ceramic Institute.