The Tile Project, Destination: The World, 2004 - 2006
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Kim Gledhill

I wanted to choose imagery that somehow related in a meaningful way to the material of tile itself, while
echoing the underlying optimism of the project. At first this seemed like a challenge, since I am a painter
who very rarely works with ceramics. Then it occurred to me that imagery from a painting that deals with
one of my happiest childhood memories would fit the bill perfectly.

The memory is of being about 5 years old and making things out of clay on the
beach in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, and getting my material from the
clay cliffs right by the ocean. It was the first time I realized that clay comes from
the earth and I was overjoyed to find this wonderful natural gift.

I used a digital process to make the tile, which first involved scanning a slide of that painting
and then making a montage with a digital photograph of a clay head that I sculpted for the
piece. Lastly, I added some digitally-produced personal symbols to the composition. In a
sense, the tile acts as a canvas for paint, clay and pixels, fused together into a single image
and printed permanently in the surface.