Anne Wilson, Topologies, 2002- ongoing lace, thread, cloth, pins, painted wood support ©Anne Wilson
Annie Cattrell Conditions, 2006 subsurface etching in glass
©Annie Cattrell Photo: Peter Cattrell
Catherine Bertola, if walls could talk..., 2002 found wallpaper,
© Catherine Bertola
Lu Shengzhong, The Book of Humanity: Empty Book (detail), 2005, cut paper
Courtesy of Chambers Fine Art ©Chambers Fine Art, New York
Olu Amoda, Queen of the Night, 2007, Chicken wire mesh, nails and scrap metal on board,
Photo: Philip Sayer © V&A
Susan Collis, Waltzer, 2007, wooden broom ,opals, turquoise, garnets, seed pearls, mother of pearl, black diamonds, white diamonds, fresh water pearls, coral, black onyx, marcacite, Image courtesy of SEVENTEEN © Susan Collis,
Image courtesy of SEVENTEEN © Susan Collis
Out of the Ordinary: Spectacular Craft
November 13-February 17, 2008
Out of the Ordinary: Spectacular Craft brings together the work of eight contemporary artists who place craft at the heart of their practice: Olu Amoda, Catherine Bertola, Annie Cattrell, Susan Collis, Naomi Filmer, Lu Shengzhong, Yoshihiro Suda and Anne Wilson.
Collectively these artists use a diverse range of traditional and new technologies, from carving, sewing, welding to animation and laser etching. Working with exceptional skill and attention to detail, they use ordinary materials - paper, thread, dust and nails - to make works that are both intricate and large in scale.
All the artists are preoccupied with the everyday as a subject. Mundane or familiar things, like a paint splatter on a dust sheet, a human breath or a weed pushing up through a crack, are presented in playful and unexpected ways. Look closely or you might miss them!
Together, these eight artists suggest new directions for the handmade in the 21st century. They have found ways to transform the ordinary into artworks that are truly extraordinary.
For more information please visit: The Victoria & Albert Museum