Fragment Dresser23rd February 2023 - 29th March 2023
Location: Oriel y Parc, St Davids, PembrokeshireSA62 6NW
On show as part of Sift, an exhibition of work by 6 artists responding to the ancient connections between Wales and Ireland. Sift includes a cast glass work by work by John Sunderland alongside mixed media works by David Begley, Tracy Breathnach, Sylvia Cullen and Seán Vicary
The exhibition will tour to Wexford Council Offices, Ireland 14 April – 20 May
Taking as its form the domestic dresser, a familiar iconic piece of furniture which has pride of place in many homes in both Wales and Ireland, the artist has created a ‘virtual dresser’ using glass, light and shadow.
Starting from the simple sense of delight afforded by stumbling upon a jewel like fragment of porcelain in a muddy field, or on a windswept shore, this work explores the sense of connection that is evoked by these small, broken and often overlooked, fragments of domestic objects.
As part of the development this work the artist ran a series of poetry workshops with poet, Emma Baines, during which people in Pembrokeshire and Ireland were encouraged to write poems inspired by sherds they had found, handwritten fragments of these poems in Welsh, Irish and English, along with a poem by Welsh poet Menna Elfyn, can be seen in the shadows cast in the work.
Fragment Dresser explores what is there, and what that reveals of what is no longer there. In essence the work imaginatively investigates powerful human connections across time and landscapes. These tiny shards provide a portal into other lives and places, and journeying there inspires us to reflect on our own.
Fragment Dresser was commissioned by Ancient Connections, a EU funded cross-border arts, heritage and sustainable tourism project.
- Contexts: Commission , Exhibition
- Artforms: Glass