Oriel Q - Queens Hall Gallery, High Street, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, SA67 7AS [t] 01834 869454 Manager: Lynne Crompton
Installation of interactive ceramics by Vivienne Albiston
Beyond Skin Deep
Photographs by Jim Devine which are all images of pieces of rock (mainly Preseli Bluestone).
Assorted ceramics and jewellery by students and well-known artists
This exhibition, curated by Dr Natasha Mayo and Zoe Preece on behalf of the Makers Guild in Wales, was first shown at Craft in the Bay, Cardiff, earlier this year. It is an exploration of the sense experience through the material object, and brings together a collection of artists whose work, in various intriguing and beautiful ways, explores this.
The bringing together of new digital technologies with the long established traditions of ceramics, textiles and glass, was to push further the boundaries of this idea within the applied art object, testing out the ability of materiality to both trigger and illuminate sensory connection from sight, sound, touch, smell, and even taste. Six artists have contributed to this exhibition in Narberth.
Anne Gibbs who works mainly with bone china and liquid clay said, ‘My initial response to the theme of this exhibition was thinking about the traditional senses of sight, sound, taste, smell and touch. Images of different types of surfaces such as smooth, rough, prickly, sharp and shiny popped into my head.’ She has created a beautiful tableau of wall-hung pieces using delicate and sensitive colours and surfaces.
Ainsley Hillard uses textiles to explore surface and ‘how the textures of natural light within a space animate objects and make one aware of a temporal dimension and the merging of the visual and tactile senses… the moment captured yet un-graspable in the interweaving material forms.’
Emma Rawson works with glass and her ‘response to the theme Sensorial Object was one relating to ongoing interests… to communicate and explore a remembered sensation – the ability of human memory to store and absorb an experience. Glass can be heavy yet fragile, opaque, translucent, transparent, and reflective.’
Zoe Preece has created a sensual piece – inspired by a detail of the meniscus on a spoon filled to the point of tipping. She revisits the sensation through drawing and redrawing and eventually, through the process of investigation, the material, and, as the varying effects of heat from the kiln unfolds, she creates an unnerving theatre of objects placed on a beautiful background of a wooden shelf.
Ingrid Murphy and Jon Pigott have collaborated on this piece which ‘brings together our respective and common interests in materiality, sounds, objects and systems. Pigott would often tap and listen to the resonance of objects when holding them and this is also a way of checking the integrity and quality of fired ceramic pieces. This led to the idea that ceramic form could be presented for its sonic as well as its formal qualities.’ This is an interactive piece that will engage the public with wonder and humour.
On the closing day, 5 September, at 2.30pm, some of the artists will be at the gallery to talk about this fascinating show.