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Feet of Clay: Contemporary Ceramics

Clay plays an inte­gral part in ori­gin myths all over the world. These new art­works in this group exhi­bi­tion reflect this.

10/09/22 – 29/10/22
Opening Times
Sunday, 10:30 – 17:00
Monday, Closed
Tue–Sat, 10:30 – 17:00
Artists: Saelia Aparicio, Simon Bayliss, Brickfield, Phoebe Collings-James, Rosanna Martin, Attua Aparicio Torinos

Clay plays an integral part in origin myths all over the world. Its tactility offers its own explanation for this: when wet, it is soft as flesh; when dried, it is as hard or as brittle as bones. It can survive intact for hundreds and thousands of years, recording the skills of potters, the development of technologies, and the organisation of societies.

Human desire has extracted it from the ground, and with the growth of global distribution networks it has found its way into tiles, paper, pills, paint, insulation, toothpaste…. The uses that clay has been put to have shaped landscapes, including Cornwall’s clay country, where deep valleys have been quarried and high mountains of waste have been constructed by humans and machines.

As we begin to make more direct connections between the causes and effects of human interactions with materials and the ecologies that produced them, clay offers a direct route to consider the removal of so much matter from Cornwall and its displacement across the planet. The artists in this exhibition are making new work that meditates on the tension between the negative spaces of mines and quarries and the positive act of creating that is made possible as a result of this displacement.
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Installation Sculpture