british artist barnaby barford is widely recognised for his sculptural work using industrially made ceramics in unexpected ways. his work is part of important collections worldwide, including the v&a museum in london, the museum of fine art in houston, texas, and the national libraries of france and the netherlands.
the tottenham and croyden fox series explores the city’s effects on local wildlife, highlighting the conflict between nature and human settlements. as one of britain’s apex predators, foxes are crafty animals who have been depicted as cunning animals in folklore and modern storytelling. on the contrary, when placed in an urban environment, the imagery suddenly changes to that of a scavenger.
the tottenham fox cub sculpture seems to disarm with its perceived characteristics of a fluffy fox with pointy ears and padding paws; however, the individual ceramic flowers and leaves feature shocking images of the 2011 london riots. barford compares the city foxes forced struggle with societal and economic pressures people face in london.