Buick's work uses a single pure jar form as a canvas to map his observations from an ongoing study of his surroundings. He incorporates stone and locally dug clay into the work to create a narrative, one that conveys a unique sense of place. The unpredictable nature of each jar comes from the inclusions and their metamorphosis during firing. This individuality and tension between materials speaks of the human condition and how the landscape shapes us as individuals.
"Landscapes have inspired artists for generations but for me a landscape has to be felt. To depict it is always going to fall short. I was inspired by archaeological theories that the Menhirs of prehistory are a veneration of the landscapes that surrounds them. With my site-specific work I too am venerating the landscape. By placing a Jar at a particular location within the landscape I hope that it will make us look beyond the object to its surroundings".
Adam Buick (b. 1978 in Newport, Gwent) studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Lampeter University before enrolling in Art School in 2003 and undertaking a Ceramics and Design course in 2004. Exhibitions include: Make, Hauser & Wirth, Southampton (2022); Y Lle Celf, National Eisteddfod, Tregaron (2022); Retracing Nature, Make, Hauser & Wirth, Somerset (2019); Frieze Art Fair with Corvi-Mora (2018); Things of Beauty Growing, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (2019); Collect Saatchi Gallery, London (2019); British Pavilion, Cheongju Biennale, Korea (2017); Material: Earth, Messums, Wiltshire (2017); British Craft: The Miami Edit, Crafts Council UK (2016); Inclusions, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh (2016). In January 2017, Adam received a Creative Wales Award from the Arts Council of Wales; allowing him to undertake creative experimentation and research to inform his future practice.