Crafts – Organised by the British Crafts Council, Collect 2021 took place online in collaboration with Artsy, the leading global online marketplace for buying, selling, and discovering art and collectible design. The virtual exhibition will be accessible until March 24. On show 32 international galleries presenting over 400 artists from 35 nations. artsy.net/fair/collect-2021
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Claire Curneen of Ruthin Crafts Centre creates “figurative sculptures that poignantly reflect on humanity”. Universal themes of loss, suffering, sacrifice and rebirth underpin her works. Hand-built in white porcelain, their translucent and fragile qualities offer metaphors through which we can consider the human condition and experience. The work ‘Anam Cara’ uses the old Gaelic term for ‘soul-friend’.
Ruup & Form presents the Life Support blooming series by Annette Marie Townsend which is crafted with feewax and paraffin wax, tinned copper wire, silk fabric, tissue paper, cotton thread, artists’ pigments, acrylic paint, acrylic varnish. The creations are mounted on a solid, custom CNC lathed 304 stainless-steel base, inside a hand-blown glass orb.
London gallery Jagged Art showcases works by Kazuhito Takadoi, all inspired by the rich woodland surrounding his home in Nagoya, Japan. The designer grows and hand-picks grasses, leaves and twigs from his garden, sowing each blade through the paper. As they dry and mature they embark on a subtle colour shift, comparative to seasonal change. “Nature is both my inspiration and my source of material. There are no added colours, everything is simply dried then woven, stitched or tied.” Explains Takadoi.
New York gallery Hostler Burrows presents Eva Zethraeus‘ delicate and tenuous biomorphic sculptures inspired by botanical and biological specimens often reminiscent of marine life . “I see these pieces not only as wholly realized discreet objects but also as a part of a larger landscape; an immersive environment.” Says the Swedish ceramic artist.
J. Lohman Gallery, NYC, presents exquisite ceramic vases by Danish designer Sandra Davolio. The familiar vessel-shape is recognized as an inner volume, onto which a series of closely placed lamellas are juxtaposed to constitute the exterior form. Crafted with almost industrial precision the vases remind ethereal sponges with fluctuating petals which create a delicate play of light and transparencies.
Joanna Bird Contemporary Collections presents Hattori Makiko, a Japanese artist working to create shapes resembling functional pots, then applying ribbons of porcelain to tightly fill the entire pot surface. Not following a design or motif she prefers to work in a meditative state on this repetitive procedure adding minute parts to complete the whole surface in total continuity.
London gallery Sarah Myerscough presents the ‘Broken Beauty’ virtual exhibition questioning through crafts our connection to the natural world, its resilience and vulnerability. Phoebe Cummings‘ crafts perfectly synthesize the concept. Her clay creations “are dipped in wax, returning the dry surface of the clay closer to the visceral essence of the raw material. The process offers a layer of strength and protection, though the objects remain fragile and may subtly age over time; they demand care and this act of commitment is significant.”
- All images: courtesy of Collect 2021.