Greg McGee on Gin Durham, "It's heavy stuff, but ultimately has a real sense of playfulness. Gin understands dark and light better than most artists we've met." Says Gin, "My work is based on contemporary social observation in order to address a myriad of human emotions emanating from childhood; a stage in personal and cultural development that we can all relate to. This ceramic based body of work with mixed media incorporates toy-like sculptural forms and imagery that explore inner mental states which form part of the human condition. These symbols of childhood evoke a personal meaning from distant memories which shape the adult behaviour. Although my work is born of a personal narrative, I hope that they will be a source of contemplation for the viewer. All in the Mind 2011 has given me the opportunity to focus on a narrative and conceptual approach concerned with social observation and comment, utilising the child's toy as a vehicle from which to consider mental health degeneration from a cultural perspective." I am a designer-maker; for as long as I can remember I have derived an enormous amount of pleasure and satisfaction from the pure acts of creating and making. For a number of years I have worked in many different guises: as a designer, project manager and artist and in many different medias. Ceramic for me is a new, exciting and rewarding material, one with which I hope to forge a lasting relationship, alongside my firm grounding of mixed media and graphic techniques."