Chloe Holt
Chloe Holt RCA FRSA - Where the Sea Meets the Land
25th May to 22nd June 2019


Chloe Holt RCA FRSA - Where the Sea Meets the Land Chloe Holt's recent work is inspired by places that are physically and historically connected with the sea, and this new collection links the history of craftsmanship in St Ives with a previous body of work based around the seafaring culture of Venice.

In particular, these new paintings respond to the history of St Ives' Leach Pottery and its links with the work of Japanese ceramicist Shoji Hamada. Set in antique frames, these works focus on both functional and ritualistic ceramic vessels, exploring connections to our past histories through ideas of craftsmanship, and embracing the Japanese ethos of spirituality and the intimacy of everyday objects.

Using muted pigments in their rawest form, her works are heavily textured, making their surfaces at once almost ceramic, and seemingly salt encrusted, as if altered by the timeless action of shifting sands and rolling oceans.

Chloe Holt
Sacred Ritual
31 x 43 cms

I'm fascintated by the process of making the tiny Tea Bowl. Each phase has a certain synergy of energy from the shared Leach Pottery, where the potters make these simple everyday treasures, the intimacy of working with clay and allowing it to take your intuition and therefore create something so everyday and imperfect but the final ceremony in tea. There is a human connecton through this special object.

Antique frame (51 x 63 cm)
Ref: 27913