CEREMONIAL

CRAFT PRESENTS CURATED GROUP EXHIBITION ON THE SIGNIFICANCE OF RITUAL AND CEREMONY IN CONTEMPORARY DAILY LIVING, DEATH AND MOURNING

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7 October to 3 December, 2016

Melbourne, Australia: On view at Craft exhibition space from 7 October until 3 December 2016, Ceremonial presents a collection of handcrafted works that reference ceremonies, rituals and relics relating to birth through to daily living, death and mourning. From sculpted crematorium vessels to shrouds of woven bone, Ceremonial features a collection of over twenty incredibly diverse works to form a highly evocative and intimate representation of the social, cultural and individual significance of ceremony.

Ceremonial delves into the intimacy of ceremony and its capacity to provoke contemplation. The exhibition connects with both traditional ceremonial practices and idiosyncratic personal rituals by bringing together artists with diverse cultural, spiritual and secular influences. Among the artists on show, master woodturner Ken Wraight has carved delicate vessels that summons the experiences of partial and total eclipses while artist Jane Badger is presenting crocheted works imbued with hopes and blessings.

The exhibition highlights the ritualistic qualities of craft practice – seeking meaning through material expression – and the place of ceremonial activity within a maker’s life. To showcase diverse materials that have personal or social significance within a ceremonial context, the exhibition unites taxidermy, textiles, jewellery, pottery, mixed media sculptural assemblages and more for contemplation.

Interim CEO Jane Smith said “Ceremonial highlights the ritualistic qualities of craft practice – seeking meaning through material expression – and the place of ceremonial activity within a maker’s life. The exhibition presents over thirty incredible, diverse craft objects to showcase materials that have personal or social significance within a ceremonial context. The exhibition unites taxidermy, textiles, jewellery, pottery, mixed media sculptural assemblages and more for contemplation”.

Many rituals and ceremonies are so commonplace we forget that they dominate our lives, from days of birth to days of matrimony to nights of death – Ceremony is everywhere.” writes Ashley Crawford in the exhibition catalogue essay.

Artists on display include: Jane Badger,  Catherine Bell, Maree Clarke, Vicki Couzens, Adam John Cullen, Julia deVille, Brian Hirst, Ede Horton, Pia Interlandi, Linde Ivimey, Trent Jansen, Yvette King, Llawella Lewis, Jenny Loft, Valerie Restarick, Naup Waup, Ken Wraight

The exhibition will be on view from 7 October to 3 December at Craft 1 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia. The exhibition opening will be held on Saturday 8 October 2016 from 4–6pm. 

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For further information and/or images please contact Liberty Scott at Craft on 0400 815 746 or lscott@craft.org.au

Image Credit: (Left) Julia deVille, Camellia sinensis (2012) Courtesy of the artist and Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne (Right) Catherine Bell, Crematorium Vessel (2012-13) Courtesy of the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne.