Listen back: 'Capturing Nature' Artist Discussion
Updated: Jul 22
L-R: Adele Howitt, Lucia Zamberletti and Alice McCabe
Thank you to all who joined us for our final live Zoom artist discussion including our three 'Growth' artists, Adele Howitt, Lucia Zamberletti and Alice McCabe. Each artist is drawn to nature for their starting point which then sends them in their own individual artistic directions making it a fascinating conversation to find out how their worlds intertwined.
The discussion, chaired by our Gallery Director Claire Pearce, can now be listened back to via our 'Growth' Artist Zoom Discussion Page.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
A D E L E H O W I T T
Adele Howitt is an artist and maker of ceramics. She predominately works in clay to investigate the notions of the living landscape, abstraction, pollen grains, and natural patterns. Slab work is twisted and turned to add detailed relief utilising the traditional pottery techniques discovered whilst investigating the South Yorkshire Potteries, for example, Rockingham.
For Adele, clay is a sculptural medium, opposing the tradition of using it as a technical medium or an exploration of the vessel. Techniques include, drawing, hand building, coil / slab building, hand-thrown elements, mould making, slip casting, extruded clay, printing and glazing.
L U CI A Z A M E R L E T T I
“Growing and changing are two key words in these challenging times and nature provides us the greatest examples.”
“My pieces come naturally from my hands, out of instinct and intuition. My approach has been raw and pure without a real knowledge of the ceramic world, its cultural roots and traditions; I look at nature and get inspired by it: I don't draw anything, I just manipulate the clay, pay attention to its suggestions and live the present."
Lucia Zamberletti is a Italian ceramic artist who has shown her collections across Europe and in the USA. ‘Growth’ is the first exhibition of her work in the UK.
A L I C E M c C A B E
Alice McCabe is a multi-media artist who works with flowers for a living, creating floral installations, paintings and performances often with foraged and found materials of an ephemeral nature. Underpinning her work is a love of misunderstanding and humour, gleaned from a keen interest in Dada. An optimistic nihilist her work is designed to help the viewer reconstrue – and find space for – colourful protest within everyday life. Integral to her practice as a floral artist is to create both sustainable and conceptual designs drawing attention via flowers and their meanings to point to other contexts alongside their beauty.
Alice McCabe (b.Melbourne, Australia) lives and works in London. Recent projects includes the creation of floral displays for launch of BBC Blue Planet II, One Planet: Seven Worlds and new Natural History Programme, at M&S Arena, Liverpool 2017, 2019 and 2020; The Cultivar Residency, sponsored by The Museum of the Flat Earth, Fogo Island and ‘Adventitious Routes and Rhizomes’ exploring political displacement with Amy Ash. She was nominated for the ZF Kunststiftung Scholarship, Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen, Germany (2015) and her work has been included in its many forms within exhibitions and events across the UK and Europe.