Transient Vessels

 

Joint Exhibition Statement.

The permanence of existence is but a fleeting moment. We strive to capture more and more throughout our fragile lives, whether it is gaining monetary success, the making of a new memory or a simple glimpse of true happiness. We create a variety of vessels to hold these shifting moments, some physically, others spiritually, but all try to keep them safe as long as humanly possible.

The four artists involved in this exhibition have made a conscious decision to spend a significant period of their lives undertaking a Fine Art degree at University of Chichester. They have followed a path of artistic and personal development laid before them, which has culminated in the group exhibition you are about to see.

Each artist has produced a visual response derived from an individual line of enquiry, exploring a wide variety of motifs such as history, collections, time, the leitmotif of death and the sublime.

They have resolved the problem of presenting four unique and very diverse bodies of work in a cohesive manner, with an exhibition which they believe is both aesthetically pleasing and offers an interactive, visually stimulating experience for you the viewer.

Samuel Lloyd creates large-scale installations using the detritus of civilization that re-appraises the relationship between recognisable objects, form and function. This is achieved by transforming the existence of these discarded objects, but letting the history of its life show through.

Penny McCall’s sculptural forms relate to the landscape and more recently, to the connections between fossil echinoids and folklore, mythology, religion and mortality. The work uses clay predominantly for its malleable to brittle qualities, and the casting process to transform liquid material to solid, before fire and water in the Raku process.

Helen Peters explores the externalization of personal experience, creating sites of memory through the use of humble materials and process. Connecting the past to the present using materials and objects with personal meaning, combined with the act of repetition to represent the cyclical nature of life and mortality.

Tigerfox, whilst following a sublime path laid down by the Romantic landscape painters of the 19th century, has been exploring the language of Abstract Expressionism. The on-going investigation into the notion of landscapes and natural forces has led to the creation of her marks.

Sam, Penny, Helen and Tigerfox would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for coming. They would also like to thank the University of Chichester for making this exhibition possible, Lana-Jean Zoppi for her excellent graphic design and the signage company, Full Tilt, for their support. Enjoy!

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