Friday, 8 June 2012
In the Realm of The Senses
No, my header today alludes to the latest exhibition at the Devon Guild of Crafts and not the sub-title to this controversal work. 'Engaging the Senses' showcases work that can be touched, heard and smelt as well as looked at. Sadly there was nothing to taste but the cafe upstairs at the centre comes highly recommended. We'll start of with this pleasing and tactile and earthily scented piece of willow basketry by Lise Bech.
Katie Lake, who I see goes by the rather wonder alias 'Mistress Metal' was commissioned to help realise the project and one of the students at the college Ruari, with the help of his support worker, executed vast amounts of the metalwork. No mean feat! Once it's been shown off to the general public, this sensory sculpture will be installed in the school's garden as a lasting legacy.
Ruth Spaak with its three figure price tag that used flotsam and jetsam in her work to good effect. Normally my heart would be in my mouth if my son was in such close proximity to expensive artworks but this piece was suitably robust!