Emilie Taylor
Brown & White - Tariq’s Plate

Brown & White - Tariq’s Plate

Brown & White - Jane's Plate

Brown & White - Jane's Plate

Brown & White - Andy's Plate

Brown & White - Andy's Plate

Brown & White - Steve’s Plate

Brown & White - Steve’s Plate

Brown & White - Making the Work

Brown & White - Making the Work

BROWN AND WHITE

Brown & White are the street slang terms used to describe heroin and crack cocaine. Emilie worked with twenty residents from Phoenix Futures Residential Service to create large scale ceramic art works that depicted their individual experiences of drug use, dependency and recovery.

Using chocolate brown clay and white slip the resulting twenty ceramic chargers were decorated with their own individual combination of intricate pattern and scraffito drawing. The pattern gave the work a domestic context, referencing the chintz of British home furnishings; the drawings offered a complex and holistic insight into the issues people face when using drugs or alcohol, as well as illustrating some of the most poignant moments of change. A juxtaposition of the comfortable and the challenging. Exhibited at Sheffield’s Millennium Galleries, Brown & White developed people's understanding of drug and alcohol use beyond media stereotypes.