Chloe Holt RCA FRSA - Where the Sea Meets the Land
25th May to 22nd June 2019
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.
Of Purity and Purpose
61 x 92 cms
A stack of medievil bowls and storage jar in my studio. Once used for transporting accross the seas and to hold oils or pigments from far away places. Their surfaces are worn as if eroded by the sea. Their potters slips and glazes so natural like the shifting sands. Their usage perfect for every day.
Kabir (c. 1440 -1518) wrote "In the Clay Jug" :
"Inside this clay jug are canyons and pine mountains
And the maker of canyons and pine mountains
All seven oceansare inside, and hundreds of millions of stars
The acid that tests gold is there and the one that judges jewels
And the music from the strings that no one touches
And the source of all water
If you want the truth, I will tell you the truth...
The God whom I love is inside
Antique frame (89.5 x 117 cm)