Telling a story, sharing an emotion, or sparking introspection can take many forms in the art and objects that surround us. Through abstraction, artists can distill an image to its most simple form; a traditional vessel becomes altered into a representation of something new or a sculpture is modified to reveal and inspire.
In these forms we find feelings and experiences, yet also space for individual interpretation and engagement. Shared thoughts of human experience, emotional responses, artistic practice, and our changing world are just some of the vast and diverse themes explored through conceptual and abstracted forms that not only reveal, but also spark new ideas and emotions within each viewer.
Essence brings together the work of five artists, Joël Brodovsky-Adams, Susan Collett, Kathy Kranias, Montserrat Duran Muntadas, and Brad Turner. Each with a unique practice in ceramics or glass, these artists are united in their abstraction of forms and images. Through their work, they distill their concepts to an essence that, when experienced, develops, grows, and changes within each of us. Altering our perceptions of what appear to be functional pieces, but which are in fact unusable, and presenting forms that require a closer look and engagement, these works engage with concepts of the environment, artistic practice, and human experience. They share the views and experiences of their respective artists and draw us in to become participants in the development of these images and ideas.
24 pages, full colour
8 x 10 in, soft cover
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