Friday, 30 May 2014

Edmund de Waal

In my last blog I featured Roche Court and it was there that I finally was able to see work by Edmund de Waal having had my interest ignited in the artist through the BBC documentary series 'What do artists do all day'.

Initially I was not sure but as the program unfolded I was captured by his work and now having seen it 'in the clay' so to speak it really is fascinating although there is a double edged reaction when you stand in front of the work.

They are exquisite however the obvious attention to the arrangement of the pieces exude a level of OCD though I mean that in a positive sense and the most frustrating thing is the pieces appear so tactile that one is almost driven to want to break all the rules and pick up and hold individual pieces - or maybe thats just me!!

I have included a link to the first part of the BBC program and de Waal's website and I think it is worth spending a little time with this artist and when and where possible go see his work 'in the clay' - time well spent I believe!

Edmund de Waal was born in 1964. He studied English at Cambridge University and ceramics in both England and Japan. He is best known for his large scale installations, which have been exhibited in many museums around the world. Much of Edmund's recent work has been concerned with ideas of collecting and collections; how objects are kept together, lost, stolen or dispersed. His work comes out of a dialogue between minimalism, architecture and music, and is informed by his passion for literature.

BBC 'What Do Artists Do All Day' click here

New work 'Tate St Ives Relief '

This is based on one of my favorite Ben Nicholson reliefs and is wood and grey board undercoated with a sand & paint mix to create texture - It is set in a real wood box frame behind glass - the frame is finished in slate grey paint

For more details click here


No comments:

Post a Comment