We've invited our artists to create an object dedicated to the moment, which memorialises a personal response to the current crisis and which, in turn, invites further reflections from you, our friends across the world. The eighteenth in this series is Fernando Casasempere's ceramic sculpture.
10% of the sales will be donated to support staff wellbeing at the ITU/Critical Care unit at the Whittington Hospital where our gallery artist Maisie Broadhead's sister, Zoë, and her colleagues work. With your support we are delighted to announce we've already raised £9,500. We will continue to support this charity throughout the initiative.
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Fernando CasasempereBroke and Whole
'I feel very privileged to have been able to go to my workshop daily during these times of confinement; however, my life has not changed much. The silence of not having to attend to anything outside my daily routine, and with the phone almost silent has given me more time to look and reflect on my latest exhibitions and with this the direction that my future works will follow. For my Object To Mark TIme piece I chose the colours of the NHS for this piece and I want the piece to reflect the chaos and disruption of the pandemic and how united we are working together.' - Fernando CasasempereBroke and Whole, 2020Marbled stoneware£2,200 inc. VAT
Fernando Casasempere’s practice has historically encompassed waste materials from copper mining, a prevalent industry in his native Chile. Edmund de Waal has commented that the sculptor ‘works with a deep understanding of the specificity of materials’ which often appear as though they are in ‘flux between solidity and fluidity’, redolent of the Earth’s subterranean turmoil and constant metamorphosis.
Fernando Casasempere was born in Santiago, Chile in 1958. He studied ceramics and sculpture in Barcelona in the 1980s, returning to Chile in 1986. He has been based in London since 1997. Casasempere’s work has been exhibited internationally since the 1980s. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Out of Sync’, Somerset House, London (2012); ‘Falla Ideologico’, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago (2012)’; and ‘Bricks and Mortar’, New Art Centre, Roche Court, Salisbury (2011). Recent group exhibitions include ‘The Precious Clay’, Museum of Royal Worcester, Worcester (2018); ‘Sculpture in the City’, London (2017); ‘Second Skin’, Frieze Sculpture Park, London (2016); and ‘Under the Forest’, Jerwood Foundation, Ragley Hall, Alcester (2007). Casasempere’s work is in international collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and the Museu Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago.
The Objects To Mark Time Series
Maisie BroadheadTake a Break - Zoë, 2020Digital C-Type Print35 x 31 cmEdition of 35£950 inc. VAT
'In light of what is happening here and around the world, I am so very immensely proud and grateful to my twin sister Zoë, an NHS intensive care nurse who is facing, along with other health care workers, a very hard and gruelling period on the front line.' - Maisie Broadhead
David Gates's Sculptural StructuresRepetition & Change
Repetition & Change I - VI, 2020. David Gates. Oak, steel and thread.
Approx. 12.5 H x 20 W x 9.5 D cm
'Each day feels simultaneously the same yet different. Routine and detail mutually shape each other; regular patterns are punctuated by the singularity of the unexpected, the unforeseen, or the out of place. In the early weeks of the lockdown time and space felt evacuated - flattened - yet this provided the opportunity for the details around us to appear sharper. Nuances of every kind became more apparent. These six small pieces made at home reflect this period as I tried to find a meaningful way to make work. Made from a collection of unmatching but similar parts each variable element gives shape to a series of difference and sameness.' - David Gates
Alison CrowtherVotives, 2020
Votive, 2020. Alison Crowther. Sustainably sourced English Oak.
Approx. 12 L x 7.5 W x 7.5 D cm. Edition of 4 / Each Unique.
£1,200 inc. VAT each
'Like a rosary of beads, the handling of the Votive forms, the tracing of the carved lines that follow the annual growth rings of the tree, can bring thoughtfulness, contemplation, and the direct memory of trees, woodlands and the wider landscape.' - Alison Crowther
Each Votive is unique, formed from offcuts of timber from the larger sculptures, effectively from ‘waste’ or the firewood pile. The ‘blanks’ for the Votives were carefully selected from this pile, for their particularly interesting grain or gathering of minuscule knots. A range of hand tools were used in the making process from side-axe to traditional carving gouges, with no power being expended other than human energy.
Marlène HuissoudCocoon Cabinet #5 Miniature, 2018ClayApprox. 18 H cm
Marlène Huissoud’s hand-built miniatures reference the making of her full scale Cocoon Cabinets, created in her studio before life changed. The original pieces, made of silk worm cocoons and black bee resin were shown by the gallery at PAD 2018. The essence of her work speaks of a connection to the natural world and the preservation of wildlife. This small delicate momento represents a desire for humanity and nature to be rebalanced and this moment may afford us the time to reflect on this.
Marlène HuissoudCocoon Cabinet #6 Miniature, 2018ClayApprox. 18 H cm£1,200 inc. VAT
'The models are all produced after the piece is made. Generally, as a maker, you produce a model to think about the shape and making of your piece but at the studio we use the models as a way to keep a memory of the work that has been done in the atelier. A memory of the evolution and growth of your practice as an artist.' - Marlène Huissoud
EgeværkSuspended, 2020Oak and copper60 H x 12 Ø cm£1,200 inc. VAT'Traditionally, oak is the most sturdy of woods. In the case of 'Suspended', fumed oak has been boiled until completely soft, and then deconstructed into flexible threads. In a dried state, the threads are carefully glued together in the well-known shape of the tree trunk. The character of the oak is completely transformed and a fragile copper thread finds its own way through the changed structure; this winding path symbolises the many decisions we have to make in order to adapt to the current situation and navigate through the chaos.' - Egeværk
Christopher KurtzHeadrest, 2020Lime tree14 H x 56 W x 30.5 D cmEdition of 5£3,200 inc. VAT each'Most of my sculptural work uses an abstract language, however in this moment I feel the need to cling to an image; something recognizable, to find a way to process the changing realities that Coronavirus has brought upon us. ‘Headrest’ uses the universal image of a pillow, carved from a block of lime wood. In this pillow, there is an impression suggesting the absence of a human head. The impression morphs into a puzzle of sorts: a geometry that evokes a spiral staircase, nesting boxes, or a twisting logic in physical form. We search for solutions and hopes in dreams, but these places of comfort can also become distorted. In many ways, this work is a meditation on not knowing — looking across time and culture to make sense out of an abstract era.' - Christopher Kurtz
Adi TochPooled Reflections, 2020Britiannia Silver10 x 10 x 5 cm'In these changing times it’s important to allow for moments of quietude to enjoy our close surroundings. Pooled Reflections invites us to contemplate and immerse ourselves in the captured environment contained in the object. The silver is recycled and carefully treated with a finish that gradually changes from highly reflective to soft satin - to pristine white. Working within restrictions is challenging but triggers creative solutions and ideas for new work that I plan to develop.' - Adi TochThis piece has now sold, however you can view and enquire about Adi's available works on her artist page.
Eleanor LakelinMiniature Cherry Vessels
Sakura I/20 (left) by Eleanor Lakelin. London Cherry. 16 x 16 x 10 cm
Sakura II/20 (back right) by Eleanor Lakelin. London Cherry. 15 x 15 x 11 cm
Sakura III/20 (front right) by Eleanor Lakelin. London Cherry. 10 x 10 x 6 cm
'The arrival of spring and cherry blossom may be a small consolation in these sorrowful times but there is some comfort in living life up close and holding fast to nature’s optimism.' - Eleanor Lakelin
These pieces have now sold, however you can view and enquire about Eleanor's available works on her artist page.
Max BrosiWave Edge Vessel, 2020Leylandii18 H x 26 diameter cm'The concerns and worries we share in these times come with a silver lining. We have more time to think, reflect, and create. Seeing and hearing about all the negative things going on has made me become even more aware of the simple things that enrich our lives, the real and immediate. Shapes and textures that delight us, both visually and in a tactile way when we touch them. By removing the distraction of the colour of the wood, the viewer is focused on form and texture, which combine to reveal a sea of light and shadow reflected off the myriad of carved facets and sharp lines, much like the sun reflecting off the surface of the ocean.' - Max BrosiThis piece has now sold, however please enquire to receive information on Max's other availble works.
Forest + Found's Scorched Vessels & Wall HangingDomicile I (one of two wooden vessels) & Day Dream (Inner) (textile wall hanging)
Day Dream (Inner), 2020. Abigail Booth. Bone white, burnt cotton, mulberry tannin, reclaimed calico, thread. 54 H x 68 W x 3.5 D cm
Domicile I, 2020. Max Bainbridge. Ebonised sweet chestnut, burnished linseed. 22 H x 16 diameter
We find ourselves on a journey of looking inwards; unable to source new materials or venture out into expansive and inspiring landscapes, we have turned to the intimacy of the home environment and the immediacy of the materials we have to hand. These works look at the importance of self-reflection while in containment; they derive energy from the resilience and resourcefulness we all share. Made from remnants of wood and cloth saved over our years of making and collecting, they reclaim the value in the small and overlooked. - Forest + Found / Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth
These pieces have now sold, however please enquire to receive information on Forest + Found's other availble works.
Luke Fuller's Ceramic SculptureTwo, 2020Stoneware55 H x 36 W x 30 D cm
'A sense of community remains a constant during these uncertain and evolving times; our innate need to support one another prevails. This has led me to reflect on the notion of togetherness and the idea of individuals compassionately working together as one.’ - Luke Fuller
This piece has now sold, however you can view and enquire about Luke's available works on his artist page.
Aneta Regel's Ceramic VesselsUntitled Ceramic Vessels, 2020. Aneta Regel. Stoneware with volcanic rock.
'While making these objects in lockdown, antonymic words and conflicting feelings have played on my mind: transition and stillness, intimacy and separateness, growth and decay, fragility and robustness. I have tried to capture the essence of these words in the structure and form of these pieces, which are made by combining porcelain clays with volcanic rock. I hope the objects will act as memory devices for our myriad emotions during this period and allow us, in some small way, to reassemble those feelings as a form of therapeutic nourishment.' - Aneta Regel
These pieces have now sold, however you can view and enquire about Aneta's available works on her artist page.