CURRENT EXHIBITION: 13th January 2020 – 1st February 2020
TAIWANESE CULTURAL IDENTITY
An Exhibition by Wen-Hsi Harman
Wen-Hsi Harman (1984- ) is a Taiwanese ceramic artist, based in Bristol, United Kingdom. She is the member of the UNESCO-International Academy of Ceramics IAC and NCECA National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.
WenHsi studied her BA in Chinese Literature at the Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan (2006). After this she studied her first MA in Chinese History of art in the National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan (2008). After this she studied her second MA in Contemporary Crafts (Ceramics) at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK (2010). She has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in ceramics at Bath Spa University, UK (2018).
Her ceramic practice investigates cross cultural identity through clay. Living away from her homeland gives her a clearer perspective of the culture in which she grew up. These experiences have provided a platform from which she can address cross-cultural questions. To explore the impact that living in a state of ‘in-betweenness’ can have on perceptions of her; to develop a visual language to communicate this experience; and to explore her expression of cultural identity in relation to theory in the field.
WenHsi creates series of ceramic art based on handmade sculptural porcelain, fingerprints, bananas, and traditional Chinese characters to explore tension of cross-cultural identity, between the East and the West.
UPCOMING EXHIBITION: 3rd February – 1st March 2020
An Exhibition by Mark Thomas
Mark Thomas is a painter based in Bath and mid Wales. The paintings on show will reflect his interest in colour, texture, and pattern.
He works primarily in acrylics on canvas and paper. There are two strands to the work: abstract and figurative. In the figurative work he uses ‘found’ imagery which he adapts and changes as the painting evolves, intentionally or through accident. Recent work has a strong retro, propaganda, pop influence.
The abstract work explores the dynamic between the surface structure and the paint. The aim being to create paintings that are clearly ‘painterly’ and which evidence the way they are made.
Born in West Wales, educated in Bristol, he studied Fine Art at Reading University. He lives in Bath, but works in his studio in splendid isolation in Mid Wales.
‘I like the idea of creating something out of nothing. I want to make something beautiful and engaging, something I want to look at, that pleases me and makes me feel a better person’.
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