CURRENT EXHIBITION: 9th December 2019 – 7th January 2020

ANCIENT WOODLAND
An Exhibition by Anna David

With a background in Landscape Architecture, Anna’s relationship with nature, environmental design and place-making guides her creativity. Through her recent MA in Textile at Bath Spa University, her practice led research and craft skills have been explored to refine business opportunities for homeware brand; Modern Makers.
Modern Makers comprises a collection of limited edition homeware products inspired by British landscapes; acknowledging the benefit landscape brings to well-being and the influence it can have in the home.
As sensory beings, our power of touch, smell, taste, sound and sight can reconnect us and unveil some of the fundamental aspects of our human existence.
Using meditative observational walking to become fully immersed in landscape, the practice has uncovered an affective sense of place. Walking combined with writing and drawing have become mechanisms for translating the imagination and creating a connection between thinking and looking.
With reference to primary research, seminal text and intimate experiences, Modern Makers endeavours to encourage a conscious and mindful way of living and create products that will bring joy to the everyday.

 

UPCOMING 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: 1st February – 1st March 2020

FAKE HUES
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’.

email: markthomas.mt@hotmail.co.uk

phone: 07771 841919

website: emptywords.co.uk

Instagram: markthomas.mt