Monumentally Earthbound No. 3
Notkin’s talent for smaller scale sculptural depiction is evident in the model-like 'Monumentally Earthbound III'. His dramatic and often humorously spiky subjects revolt against sentimentality, gesturing towards the political and social turmoil that underpins contemporary society. Notkin's zeal for the subject translates to an obsessive committal to detail, the reduced scale & precise rendering of 'Monumentally Earthbound’s pyramid conveying remarkable architectural detail, a simple glaze allowing the natural tonality of the porcelain to present itself. The pyramid appears constantly in Notkin’s work, having first surfaced in his long series of teapots that looked to surreal shapes and symbols for a functional recontextualising.