The water jug known as a Monkey Pot is a classical Barbadian (Bajan) form, almost unchanged from distant past to present. It is remarkable for its seductive roundness, and its ingenious, simple functionality: when it is placed on a breezy window ledge, the evaporation of water from its unglazed, porous surface cools the water within. These pots also served as a hiding place for valuables when unwelcome visitors came to call.
These giant pieces pay homage to the original treasures of Barbadian culture. In keeping with how immigrant memory functions, ordinary things and relationships assume extraordinary status, becoming distorted in scale and/or preciousness. At this scale the function is subverted, with the pot too hard to lift, full or empty. Another effect of living in a new place is the melding of the old and the new, so that both are transformed. The decorative panels superimposed on the traditionally unglazed earthenware form, refer to antique European porcelain, held in such high esteem. With the blue and white palette further connected to ancient Chinese porcelain and its derivative, Delft, the pieces become a mash-up of forms and cultures.