Congratulations to our graduating Honours Students!
We were lucky enough to host the graduating exhibitions of Louisa Magrics, John Heaney, Eloise Genner and Charlotte Patterson.
“The links between art and music are sometimes inseparable. Space between these two fields has merged in this research practice of crochet. Rhythm is referenced through the work in an application of number, pattern, symmetry and scale, while notions of melody inspire the use of colour palettes which move through the forms.”
“The work from this project is the result of chance and spontaneous decision making, relying more on accident than design, to create something new. The Japanese tea ceremony and the utensils used were fundamental to the development of pottery in Western countries after World War II. Rather than trying to recreate the perfect tea bowl, in the manner of a farmer/potter of seven hundred years ago, I adopted the approach of Peter Voulkos. A revolutionary American potter who was more like an abstract expressionist painter, Voulkos turned form on its head and pushed material and chance to the limits.
Japanese designer Rei Kawakuda challenged Western notions of beauty and fashion in the 1970s, taking the two dimensional kimono and the colour black as the basis for covering the body, rather than revealing its contours. She depends on spontaneity and looks for accidents to create something completely new with each collection.
Both artists rely on the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, ‘the incomplete’, that is central to the tea house and ceremony.”
The Trace of Home
“This work explores the idea of real versus imagined space. Photography makes the images appear real while the trace of materiality makes the images appear unreal. It is here where a kind of tension begins in the work. There is a desire for the images to be real spaces even though they are not. It is the sense of nostalgia and familiarity that makes the viewer want the rooms to be real. The images are a source of comfort and discomfort at the same time. Ultimately the work is about this tension caused by the trace of people, materiality and technique.”
Unearthing the Anthracite Heart
“This work came about through my desire to thank the underground coal miners of my own family. Unearthing the Anthracite Heart is my way of dedicating a time and space to appreciate the people of an industry that shaped our community and today still hold a prominent place in society. As I have grown up, I have come to realise that the people of coal mining quite often are forgotten in the shadow of politics, environmental issues and above all, money. Although I understand that all of these factors do have an important place and are necessary components of modern industry, I believe that it is the people that matter the most.”