5 – 29 March 2024
10-4.30pm Sat – Weds (Closed Thurs/Fri)
Degrees is an exhibition of paintings, ceramics, art jewellery and sculpture by eight women artists. Through their work each artist explores environmental disaster and climate change. DEGREES refers to a fast approaching rise of two degrees in global temperatures and some kind of measure on the impact of that change and people’s lives.
Katie uses the process of making and exhibiting ceramics to reflect on and present the value of working intuitively and directly with clay. Through her practice she is seeking to find ‘flow’: a state in which learned skills are challenged through creative risk taking, where time passes unnoticed and a satisfying state of deep absorption and a degree of inner peace can be achieved.
Working with clay, stuff of the earth, and heating it to phenomenonly high temperatures in a kiln is provocative in a world of global warming: it is impossible to ignore the fact that the transformation of soft clay into hard ceramic takes huge amounts of energy. This material transformation is everywhere and often obscured in everyday life, and it deserves our full attention. The process of making ceramics brings it into view.
In a world of global disasters, constant digital interruption, the sheer complexity of modern life, achieving a ‘flow state’ seems ever more important and simultaneously illusive. Practice is necessary!
The exhibition includes:
- Paintings by Karen McEndoo and Dana Finch
- Art jewellery by Sarah Drew and Donna Burns
- Ceramics by Laurel Keeley, Bridget Macklin and Katie Bunnell
- Sculpture by Whitney Ray Manning
Terra Mater Art is a group of twelve women artists who are concerned about the damage humans are precipitating on the planet, who are alarmed about the reality of climate change and the effect it will have on societies and eco-systems, on our whole way of life and very existence.