Ethereal Planes -curated by Sally Fawkes
From different starting points of enquiry, four artists are exploring boundaries, sometimes as horizons in landscapes, as changes in the body of material, the interface between colours, or the powerful effect of light.
The artists practise in different media; Sally Fawkes (glass), Jo Barker (textiles), Jacob van der Beugel (ceramics) and Sara Brennan (textiles) thus the material expression of their ideas are all very diverse and distinct. What unifies their work is that it lies in the realms of the sublime.
The inspiration for ‘Ethereal Planes” came after a three week research trip, in 2008, by curator of the exhibition and glass artist Sally Fawkes, sailing aboard the Tall Ship “Trinovante” in the seas of northern Norway above the Arctic Circle. The purpose of the trip was to immerse herself in a totally new situation and space, exploring the unknown to heighten her ability to articulate interactions with shifting planes of space on different levels of awareness.
“The sensory experience of the trip was astonishing, I felt simultaneously exalted and humble.” said Sally. “What I learned on this trip is now filtering through into my work and I felt an exhibition focused on sublime craft based work would be incredibly powerful and exciting.”
“I wanted the four of us to work together on this because I feel there is a solidarity and cohesion between us as to why and how our work comes into being. There is a harmony of strong intent in our work to touch the senses reaching beyond what we know and understand. We are all exploring the formal, the intellectual, imaginative and emotional possibilities of our materials and the outcomes are characteristically ethereal.”
As you explore the material offerings in the exhibition one senses a shared aesthetic and deep trust the artists have in their own individual making. Insistent forms and detail of line, confident colours and textures, make us aware that the physical objects are merely a point of departure to the transformative experience of the artworks. The interfaces between the artists work are quietly evident as collectively they reveal new possibilities presenting us with more questions than answers.
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