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The Blue Tongue
Bethany Stead
Ceramic Stoneware Sculpture
2019

Reminiscent of an artefact, The Blue Tongue's birth-right is the centre of a museum. In this space, it acts as a portal to reveal the unknown. Covered in scales, half-inanimate or half alive with its tongue poking out. Drawn from folklore, it reflects the beauty born from nature. Almost metamorphosis-like, implying the interaction of nature with human life. Textures replicating bone china, a crash of a precious teacup falling on the floor or the shriek of hard chalk on board. Is it the nose of a Greek god? Set in marble for eternity until one piece falls off, crumbling. Its tongue becomes rotten, skin scaled and body formless.