Whilst often working with ready-made objects as a starting point, Grace Clifford finds metal work and casting to be an important technical and contextual process, having been raised in a key industrial area and her dad being a factory worker.
Grace feels that popular culture is often more willing to accept the glamourised idea and spectacle of labour and working class culture, rather than face the consequences and reality of such – the emotional and physical toll of the environment and upbringing.
The original idea for the work was to cast and then reassemble the overalls – given to Grace by her dad after she began learning to weld. Through the long and laborious process of casting, Grace realised that the perfect and complete object would do no justice to the ritual and skill within the process. The work is never done.