This exhibition features new work that has developed from a common starting point. During 2012 and 2013, both artists took part in a kind of artistic ‘Chinese Whispers’, with eight practitioners working in a variety of media each responding to work produced (in secret) by another member of the group. One particular piece, a painting by Hilary, precipitated a ceramic piece in response by Barbara that she wished to explore further. That proved to be the starting point for a new body of work from both artists which is exhibited here.
Barbara’s ceramic work often examines eroded and neglected surfaces, particularly using saggar firing to evoke a distressed finish on a smooth, burnished form.
Hilary says ‘This exhibition is an experiment in mixed media, combining past experiences in the painter’s studio with new skills from the jeweller’s workshop. It has been exciting trying combinations of metal and paint, forging and casting, glazing and scumbling, resulting in new discoveries unearthed from past practices.’