'Peace Babies'

I developed these pieces in my studio in Bray, Co. Wicklow, between 2003 and 2004.

Image of 2 yellow 'Peacebaby' ceramic sculptures.
Image of a black resin 'Peacebaby' sculpture.
Image of a red 'Peacebaby with bite' ceramic sculpture.

'Baby Boom'

'Jelly Babies' were launched by Bassett's in 1918 in Sheffield, as 'Peace Babies', to mark the end of World War I. They existed as symbols of the 'baby boom' and, to my mind at least, resemble tribal fertility symbols.

I created these during the 'Celtic Tiger' years. My intention in producing these large-scale [35cm in height] ceramic [shown top-left and left] and resin [top-right] versions was to re-establish them as symbols of our new prosperity and to pay tribute to their original designer. In addition, I wanted to make them look a bit 'crazy'. To achieve this, I made them with one eye bigger than the other. In some cases, I sculpted 'bites' out of their heads. This was intended as a statement against the perceived 'mindless' consumerism of that time.