Canker Sore is made from steel, ceramic, crushed stone, glass, silicon and sand. The work was produced through months of experimentation with a kiln, involving the gathering and firing of different ingredients to create varied and unexpected surfaces across large chunks of clay and glass. In response to this, a steel form was bent and welded together to create a network for the kiln-fired parts to be erected into a double curve-like form, which at its highest stands at more than two metres and slopes incrementally towards the ground to eventually spill out as loose material. In Canker Sore, Isadora Vaughan engages with ideas about human exploitation and the inhabitation of nature.
Vaughan’s sculptural practice is characterised by the tension between materiality and form. Her works seeks to challenge traditional material values and evoke a sense of the body in action.