I am thrilled to have been invited to participated in Collect Open 2019 at the Saatchi Gallery. The Crafts Council’s flagship event, Collect, presents modern craft from the world’s leading craft galleries. Collect Open is a platform for individual artists to showcase new installation work and I will be presenting a new body of work in collaboration with Joseph Young in ceramics and sound.
Fire and Water builds on our cross disciplinary collaboration, which we have been exploring as an artist duo since 2016. The ‘fire’ in the title refers to an anagama firing at Kohila Woodfiring Symposium, Estonia, which Joseph recorded whilst I was a participant in summer 2018. The ‘water’ references the site of a natural spring in Asturias, Northern Spain, whence we travelled in autumn 2018. I used my technique inaugurated with our collaborative project, In A Shetland Landscape, in 2016, utilising a digital microscope to magnify the micro flora growing around the spring as the basis for my tile-based designs. Joseph recorded the sound of the Victoria Spring in Borines with binaural recording techniques to produce an immersive soundscape of the environment.
Fire and water, together with clay (earth) produces a mixed media experience that extends our understanding of form and texture in relation to landscape.
Dates: 28 February – 3 March, 2019
The photos below show some of the new arrangements I am currently playing around with composed of my new Asturian flora forms. representing the water element. I’m kicking off 2019 with a trip to Denmark to woodfire the work representing the fire element that will be in the installation.