Exhibitions and News
Masters of Ceramics
12 June - 11 July 2020
Perhaps the original inspiration for the “Still Life” genre was to capture the accidental assemblage of objects and items simply lying randomly about, which unexpectedly acquired some unique presence when viewed as a group.
For an artist, the next step is to organise or arrange a group of objects, sometimes with a hidden message in mind; then comes the possibility of creating the objects and components themselves in order to construct an entirely unique statement – the ultimate challenge!
When such objects have been brought together intentionally, the components of colour, form, size and surface texture begin to interact, creating a dialogue in search of its own identity. Reaching a final composition or resolution can be a very slow process. The quest is to evoke a special mood, perhaps even a somewhat ethereal one, as each of the elements comes into play. Sympathy and contrast, the play of light and shadow, and a search for harmony are the elements at work here.
Each component that has been brought into these compositions has the ability to stand alone. The Tea Bowl in each composition is intended as the anchor to secure the presence of the other components (the key to the lock so to speak) and the timber-base sets them within a specific field.
When all of these separate components are brought together they acquire a far greater power and presence than they could ever achieve alone – a unique identity, in fact. In this sense a “Still Life” truly lives.