A CABINET OF CURIOSITIES - Part of London Craft Week

A CABINET OF CURIOSITIES - Part of London Craft Week

26 April - 20 May 2017

Cabinets of curiosities were encyclopaedic collections of objects - the forerunner of museum collections.

The cabinet of curiosity was seen as a microcosm, a theatre of the world and was often a wonderfully eclectic range objects.

For London Craft Week, jaggedart will display its own cabinet of curiosities, a wonderful selection of diverse works of art including:

Laura Ellen Bacon’s intriguing willow pieces emerge from dry stonewalls, trees, riverbanks and hedges, allowing the chosen structures to become host to these embracing shapes. Sensual, curvaceous, Laura moulds and forms the pieces with her hands, whether small and intimate works or immense installations. Her installations are almost always built on site and have inhabited the facades and grounds of the Holburne Museum; Chatsworth; Somerset House, the Saatchi Gallery and the New Art Centre at Roche Court, amongst others.

Lucas Ferreira‘s works are made from small hand crafted fragments of ceramic. Flat rectangles or triangular forms are joined or arranged together, becoming almost like textiles or imaginary landscapes. Each fragment, the same size and shape, one next to the other, almost sewn together, accumulated to form sequences, rhythms, which are then altered by the inclusion of black pieces. “My work is inspired by geological formations. I enjoy crafting minimalist textured studies inspired by how rocky surfaces are reshaped over time.”

Innumerable porcelain vessels give shape to Alison Gautrey’s installation in grey, black and white, with lines or spontaneous splashes of colour. Her unique, translucent egg-shell bowls capture the feeling of movement within the simplicity of form. Alison has recently been experimenting with combining bone china and porcelain together in the same piece, exploiting the inevitable distortions that occur.

Jane Goodwin’s fabulous piece explores the sculptural qualities of chairs and their perceived personalities. While viewed in everyday environments, some chairs are taken for granted; the very clever and beautiful may be significant and enduring. Jane describes chairs as usable sculptures; it is impossible to lose sight of the fact that their common purpose is to support people whilst sitting. Here the chair is deprived of its function; it is embraced, engulfed, swallowed by this body. This is reinforced by the animal print upholstery, playing with notions of sensuality, sex and wild instincts, embracing Jane’s sense of humour and mischief.

Juliet and Jamie Gutch's mobiles are created from different undulating leaves of wood. The different elements of each sculpture are in perfect balance, they glance past each other, always intending to, but never touching. The movements are slow, the shadows ever changing and mesmerising. Juliet and Jami