|THIS WAY OUT
4 - 21 July 2002
CAROLINE EARLEY: ceramics
KATE WALKER: paintings
A myth which has shaped our culture - Pandoras Box is the inspiration for artist Kate Walkers work in a joint exhibition with Caroline Earley.
According to the ancient Greeks, Pandora was made by Zeus to be irresistible to men, but also to punish them. She was sent to earth with her box and told on no account to open it. "Of course," says Kate, "her womens curiosity means she does open the box, from which spill all the troubles which have afflicted humankind from then on; famine, pestilence, war and so on."
Kaye says her paintings reinterpret the symbols from the Pandora story the box, jar and jug as well as other symbols of womens femininity such as the basket, container and earring, to suggest qualities which have often been deemed inferior to male attributes. "Qualities such as vanity, beauty, physicality, a concern with simple daily objects. A love of the here and now, rather than a future ideal."
Kate and Caroline, both well-known artists in Wellington, will shortly be based in Adelaide.
Caroline, a ceramic sculptor, has produced a series of colourful and witty works in the shape of the houses drawn by children. "The works with two or more houses deal with the relationships between emotional states, either conflicting or harmonious," she says. "The proportions of the houses are also important to me each house is tall, lifting up from the ground, ever hopeful."