|Kate Walker Departed Oil on Canvas 2000, 200 x 500mm|
paintings by Kate Walker and ceramic sculptures by Caroline Earley
2 - 26 May 2001
Two Wellington art teachers working in different media have produced an exhibition about journeys, resting-places and cultural cargoes.
Kate Walker, a well-known landscape painter, and Caroline Earley, an award-winning US-trained ceramic artist, both work for the Wellington College of Education. Their joint exhibition at Idiom is about both real and metaphoric travel, through time as well as space.
Kates paintings, mainly small in scale, show imaginary landscapes which have been torn up and remade, whether by natural or human forces. Some are dominated by cairns, smouldering embers and other relics of habitation, or the beginnings of new settlement on old terrain. Some are more lunar landscapes, fragile regions where the fiery activity below the earths surface bursts through. .
Carolines beautiful and tactile ceramic boat forms are, she says, metaphors for the passage of bodies and souls. They also act as containers, holding collected objects made from earthly materials which have been transformed, used and discarded, only to be reclaimed.
Theyre canoes, she says, but theyre also seed-pods, carrying the potential for journeys yet to begin.
|Caroline Earley Wreck 2000, 180 x 40 x 40mm|