Clay will bring together solo presentations by three artists – Ben McKeown, Karen Mills and Dean Smith – working with clay, who have each have developed a site-specific practice that speaks to hyper-localised experiences, histories, and connections to the land and clay.
Clay comes from the earth; in its many forms, textures and colours, clay harnesses our world’s enigmatic power, energy, and secret life force.
With its affinity to earth and water, clay is an accumulated matrix of plant, animal, mineral; wet or dry, white or coloured, this natural material has been used since ancient times in the form of ochre in sacred ceremonies and for medicinal purposes, as well as a strong, pliable matter for utilitarian functions such as building, cooking and creating practical objects like vessels.
For artists, placing their hands in clay and working in this natural medium is an indescribable pleasure; this exhibition highlights their sentimental and artistic desire to create art with clay.
Opening Event: Wednesday 27 September, 4.30 – 7.00pm, including artists talks.