exhibition revisited

With a couple of weeks gone since the exhibition closed at East Street Arts, we wanted to share some images from the exhibition and the works. We are currently developing the exhibition and looking for opportunities to exhibit Curio•sea•ty again.

We will also be uploading the video of the shanty-singing performance by The Ocean Loiners in our opening night soon.

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Nets
Hondartza Fraga
Monoprints, water-based paint on hand-made paper.

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Curioseaty research collages – salt quartz, rope, salted fish
Lorna Barrowclough
Photo collage, tape and paper

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Salted Netters
Lorna Barrowclough
Installation – wood, adhesive, nails, paper, varnish, bamboo, salted string, witches stones, thread

‘Salted Netters’ looks to the physical nature in which a net can be made. A reworking of a knitting tool to produce and develop a ‘netting tool’ ; a re-use and in this instance a direct sea use, for this required purpose.

The string used to make the nets has been ‘salted’ for good luck as per the salting of nets done by fishermen’s wives before their husbands went out to sea. The gathered witches/hag stones are used as both a weight and a further means of protecting the nets. The hag stone, usually found on beaches was used to protect sailors and fishermen from witchcraft, charms and spells.

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Okeanos (Deepest Points)
Graphite on paper, 150 x 120 cm
Hondartza Fraga

Oceanus is a figure from Greek mythology, personifying the great river encircling the world. Originally thought to represent just the bodies of salt water known to the ancient Greeks, but as geography became more accurate, Oceanus came to signify the stranger, more unknown waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

The drawing presents a map of the world’s oceans with a constant representation of the water and the coastline, with land being omitted.

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Circumfluere
Lorna Barrowclough and Hondartza Fraga
Laser cut mdf, photo collage

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For what it’s worth
Lorna Barrowclough
Installation – rope, Himalayan rock salt, sea salt, mussel shells, varnish, paper, fish knives, ribbon, thread, paper garlands and string

This piece looks to visually show salt in it’s universal and unifying role of both the land and the sea – interlinking both through how it is gathered, transported, distributed and finally consumed.

A commodity which has taken it’s place as a vital tool for preserving, creating wealth and maintaining communities of people. I am fascinated by the simple quiet life that it now lives out.

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Shell-ters
Hondartza Fraga
Pencil on paper, oyster shell. Dimensions variable.

Each drawing is carefully hand-cut and fixed onto the shell. Each oyster shell is transformed into a miniature island for the characters and narratives to unfold. The drawings are based on found images of sea-shore scenes and loosely based on the stories and histories of real islands. This work is also inspired by the book Atlas of Remote Islands by Judith Schalansky.

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Anomiidae
Hondartza Fraga
Pencil on paper on seashells (work-in-progress)

Anomiidae is a family of saltwater clams, marine bivalve molluscs related to scallops and oysters and know as anomiids. They are commonly known as jingle shells or saddle oysters.

Some individual shells are decorated with portraits of whalers wives based on photographs from the late 1800s. The work seeks to parallel the delicacy of the shells with the fragility of the women’s position in maritime history.

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