A group of artists came together in 2015 - three Kilkenny-based artists, Patricia Bennett, Sonja Landweer and Karen Morgan and formed the Markings exhibition at The Rudolf Heltzel Gallery .
In all of the years of the Kilkenny Arts Festival this space in the heart of the city has been a focal venue for unique art exhibitions.
Through this successful collaboration, a dialogue came about of works crossing over into other mediums. This in turn led to the developing dialogue and invitation for a further four artists to join in collaboration.
Crossovers brings together seven established artists working from a variety of different mediums, four ceramic artists, a sculptor, painter and graphic design/illustrator; their connection being the mutual interest in each other’s work.
The theme for this exhibition will see each maker move away from the familiarity of their usual practice, as they venture into unknown territory and make entirely new work for this event.
Each of the artists involved has taken on the task of inviting the unknown into their making.
Beta França is a Brazilian, Irish based mixed media artist, her main area being design and illustration.
For the Crossovers exhibition, her work with paper has taken a new route - paper sculpture, where the flat sheet turns into a malleable medium, resulting in a hollow sculpture, which is worked upon with collage and graphics, both inside and outside.
Patricia Bennett is a painter and mark maker in whose work the exploration of inner dialogue and narrative are ever-present. A process-based, abstract expressionist painter; she uses mixed media surfaces to explore the contours of inner and outer panoramas. Her method entails a development of layering and peeling of both materials and pigments.
Intrigued by the process and finality of fired ceramics, Patricia will work with clay for this exhibition, building layers, markings and narrative on the material.
Sonja Landweer is an artist with broad skill, versatility and talent. In recent times, she has revolutionised bronze casting by developing unique patinations for her subtle forms.
Her practice has developed through a close understanding of the natural world. She has pioneered design not only in the field of ceramics and bronze; also making work using slate, wood, paper, plastics, bone, leather, feather and other fibres. Sonja’s lifelong interest in the natural world has informed much of her work. Her organic seed and plant forms, the circular vessels, the stunning colours and textures she utilises, are all evocative of those found in nature
“Time and again, it is the space of the” in-between things” that interest me. This “space-in-between” determines all, it fascinates me, and now here for this exhibition I am exploring the two dimensional world of drawing the line, finding space.”
Kate Murtagh-Sheridan’s work is extremely experimental. Kate has developed a new material that transforms the purposes of clay and plaster.
She leaves in those phenomenological characteristics of clay, fingerprints and tool marks which help identify the substance in itself which others might consider blemishes. Kate will use this exhibition as a goal to take the experimentation of her work to the next level and begin using metals such as brass and copper as surface treatments.
Owen Quinlan is a ceramic artist whose work originates from an interest in landscape, geology and our placement amongst the wider material world.
Working in ceramics brings its own particular insight. The firing of materials in the kiln provides a microcosm of geological formation, and over time the alchemy of the firing process has become the main focus in his practice.
For this exhibition, he will leave the ceramic making and firing process aside. Focusing instead on his source materials; the found objects and beachcombed materials which have fed his practice, he will use these to create work specifically for this exhibition.
Chiho Ogawa is a Japanese based sculptor, living in Tokyo, she has worked predominantly in clay, paper, stone and painting. Nature in rhythms of time and space, impermanence as continuity and survival, form a continual inner dialogue.
For the Crossovers exhibition, we find her working with the bark from indigenous Irish and Japanese trees. Her work is three-dimensional fibrous and sculptural.
Karen Morgan is a ceramic artist mostly recognised for her functional hand thrown porcelain forms. She has of late left the comfort and focus of the pottery wheel to re investigate the use of line in a sculptural and minimal way, which has always been the root of her work.
For this exhibition, Karen is taking her conversation into a variety of other mediums to play with the translation of line, creating a series of experimental works with minimalism at its core.