Beware the Cat

Beware the Cat

Beware the Cat

An Exhibition of new works by Judy Hamilton

In 2016, Judy Hamilton won the Petite Pieces competition, which forms part Paddington’s Aspire Gallery’s regular series of competitions held throughout the year. The prize was this exhibition that begins on June 21 and closes on July 2.

The exhibition, Beware the Cat, is very much a ceramics exhibition rather than a sculptural journey. At the end of 2015, Judy had begun work on a series in which she challenged herself to produce smaller, finer and lighter hand-built pieces that explored various ceramic finishing techniques. The Secret World of Cats emerged as Judy indulged her imagination, drawing skills, and knowledge of ceramics.

Judy has long been known for her idiosyncratic ceramic sculptures of animals – chooks, guinea fowl, ducks, cats, horses, and even cows, but in this exhibition she has restricted herself to the depiction of cats. In sculpture, the emphasis would be on the form of the cat to explore the “cat psyche”. Forms are quite restricted in this exhibition as Judy explores decorative finishes.

Basic tear-drop shaped moulds are used to create the form. These basic forms are then cut and ruthlessly pummelled before the simple additions of the head, paws and tails are added. Only when the eyes and ears are added does the piece assume its character.

The cats that emerge in this show range from the simplicity of regal disdain shown by breeds like the Burmese to the plump, comfortable roundness of the suburban “moggy”. You may recognise the basic form of Steinlen’s Prochainement Tournée du Chat noir in some of the pieces. However, all these cats have a story.

Some pieces show unlikely additions such as the flower forms, but the distances travelled by the average outdoor cat lead it through many gardens. Two of the pieces are covered in brambles – the only tangible proof of mischief indulged. A major break from Judy’s previous work is the use of terra sigillata, glazes, decals and lustre.

After years of producing ceramic works using a restrained palette of colour finishes, this exhibition marks a change of direction in Judy Hamilton’s ceramics.

The sculptured minds of cats

Beware the Cat is a one-of-a-kind sculptural exhibition at Aspire Gallery by renown sculptural artist Judy Hamilton.

Judy has long been known for her idiosyncratic ceramic sculptures of animals chooks, guinea fowl, ducks, cats, horses and even cows, but as per the name this exhibition is purely restricted to the depiction of cats.

“The cats are created from a simple mould before the eyes, ears and tails are added to create individual characters and stories,” said Judy.

Visitors will be delighted by the cats that emerge in this shows range from the simplicity of regal disdain shown by breeds like the Burmese to the plump, comfortable roundness of the suburban moggy.

Some pieces show unlikely additions such as the flower forms, but the distances travelled by the average outdoor cat lead it through many gardens.

Exhibition: 21 June – 2 July

Date

20 June 2017

Tags

2017

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