Jordan Mitchell-Fletcher /Australia

Jordan Mitchell-Fletcher



sculpture, installation, ceramics, drawing

residency August – September 2018







My practice plays with the conventions associated with craft, the handmade, installation and basic sculptural principles. Concerned with the tangent of making and the residues it accumulates, my work is often recycled as a way of considering sculpture as an ongoing process. Interested in the capacity of materials to affect spontaneity and action, my practice calls to question various binaries we use to understand not only matter, but the digestion of the everyday.

Upon visiting Japan in 2016, I developed an interest in ceramics, ever-present as one of the oldest Japanese crafts. I am particularly interested in Arita, where it is rumored ceramic remnants don’t go to waste, rather are displayed around houses and gardens, and pressed walls as decorative features. Identifying with this tradition, I plan to visit Arita and other prefectures in Japan, take classes in ceramics, learn and engage in temporal modalities of place. Combining the concepts of mentoring and travel I will explore the latent potential of site and context.

I would like to approach AIRY at the end of my travels, responding to learning and guidance through the medium of ceramics and the temporariness of installation. Delving into an environment of reflection, study and play, I will explore what it means to learn from exchanging skills and seeking assistance from a varied community. My project will focus on handling, methods of production, interaction with environments, and the alchemical transformations that a material undergoes, which hold congealed moments in a broader social trajectory.




Translation: Mina Ino



Soap Scum in Whirlpool

Takasagoyu 2018


Playing with the conventions associated with craft, the handmade, installation and basic sculptural principles Jordan Mitchell-Fletcher’s practice approaches sculpture as an ongoing process.

Directly inspired by the historical site of Takasagoyu, Soap Scum focuses on methods of production and the alchemical transformation that a material undergoes.

Through the exploration of material contingency and the temporariness of installation this project points to particularities within the site of the sento. This work attempts to frame the space while at the same time is framed by the space.

Caught up in a system of breaking and re-making, Soap Scum considers the life-cycle of the artwork within the impermanent context of travel. This project explores the expressive potential of soap as an art material and the significance of sustainable material responsibility within a local environment.


直接的に高砂湯という歴史的な場所に触発され、今回のプロジェクト「Soap Scum/セッケントカス」は制作方法や素材の錬金術的な変化に焦点を当てている。素材の偶発と作品設置の一時性を通して、特に銭湯という場所の中を指し示している。この作品は空間を形取ると同時に、空間によって形取られている。

破壊と再製のシステムに閉じ込められているこのアートワークの全てが限りある作家の旅の中にだけ存在している。このプロジェクトでは、石鹸がアート素材として潜在的に持っている表現の豊かさ、作家のローカルの環境の中でその素材に対する持続的な責任の重要性を探る。Translation: Mina Ino