New Year Showcase

Resolutions and Transformations

22.01.15 - 08.03.15

A group showcase of new work and rarely seen pieces by ceramicists Michael Flynn and Sue Paraskeva and textile artists Shellie Holden, Jennie Moncur and Fiona Rutherford.

Both Rutherford and Moncur are renowned tapestry weavers. A love of colour is central to both their work. Whereas Moncur’s bright tapestries use plant references and textile patterns in illusionary imagery she calls ‘captured windows’, Rutherford is transforming more abstract drawings into large woven pieces.

Shellie Holden has recreated a Native Alaskan Parka, which will be on show as a window installation at CAA, incorporating some of the props that have been used to frame, shape, and construct the piece.  The parka would have traditionally been made from an Alaskan animal intestine, such as seal gut, and the transparent material beautifully embellished with stitch and found materials. This recreated version was constructed using locally sourced pig intestine.

Sue Paraskeva is showing her ‘Smashed’ installation (2012), which was inspired by an artwork made from boxes of smashed eggs, which she had seen in a museum. Known for elegant yet robust porcelain tableware, this more conceptual piece allowed Sue to explore her chosen material in new ways – namely deliberately smashing perfectly thrown pots.

Peter Coates is showcasing his new work, "Mantlepiece" as part of the New Year Showcase.

A grounding in stonemasonry, architectural sculpture and inscriptional lettering inform Peter Coates practice and an interest in making work with a sense of communication or message. Whilst stone/slate is the main medium, other materials - metal, glass and wood are used enabling a broader reach and application.


Hand carved Carrara marble.

Mantle n.  A loose sleeveless coat worn over outer garments; a cloak.

n. ! the shelf above a fireplace and the decorative pieces on the sides of the fireplace.

Part of a series of recent works in marble referencing drapery and garment rendering in classical and academic sculpture; imbued with a sense of the domestic, the personal and of a quiet absence. The sectional, or part nature alludes to a block of worked masonry, the folds of drapery imply mouldings or architectural detailing.



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