3 July – 14 August 2021
‘New Directions’ brings together work by four emerging artists, who graduated with MA Degrees from the Cardiff School of Art and Design in 2019. Rachel Bray, Lizz Gill, Anne Frost and Hannah Walters each work with the medium of clay. Through unique experimental practices, they are each finding new ways of manipulating and presenting clay to striking visual effect.
In 2019 Friends of the Garden selected a cohort of six artists from Cardiff Metropolitan University, and has since been working with them to develop their practice as professional artists. Anne Frost was one of three artists awarded with a Friends of the Garden Bursary, which provided mentorship and the opportunity to make work to display at the prestigious FOTG exhibition ‘Sculpture in the Landscape 1969-2020’. Rachel Bray, Lizz Gill and Hannah Walters were praised for the outstanding quality of their work, and were also invited show work in the indoor gallery at the exhibition.
‘New Directions’ presents work by all four artists, which has been produced over the past few years. Rachel Bray’s striking vessels utilise the natural colours of clays and oxides to respond to nature’s horizon lines. One of her recent pieces ‘Wiltshire Sky’ was made in response to the landscape at West Leaze where ‘Sculpture in the Landscape’ was held.
Hannah Walters presents three wall-mounted pieces inspired by traditional Welsh Nant Garw Porcelain plates. These pieces reveal the artist’s passion for historical objects, and her ability to fuse exquisite delicacy with baroque dynamism.
Lizz Gill’s large-scale vessels are created in pairs, so that they sit side-by-side comfortably, as if engaging in a visual conversation. Light and shadow gets caught in their textured surfaces, giving the impression of a quietly pulsating landscape.
Anne Frost’s exciting sculptures are constructed from separate shapes thrown on a potters’ wheel. They investigate the way forms relate to one another, and ultimately achieve an interesting balance between harmony and playfulness. These works are intended for outdoor display, so we encourage you to venture into the Courtyard to see two of her working sculptures in an outdoor setting.