** Extended by popular demand **
A Sculptural exhibition of Works by Mandy Johnston
19.04.2012 - 31.05.2012
This exhibition reflects the artist’s continued interest and investigation into value systems and the formation of value around substances. Similarly, she is interested in the transformation of value in relation to the transformation from 'raw' material and substances into art and objects.
The work consists of a series of 11 vessels made of “found” i.e. discarded, collected and donated materials. The shape of each references the oldest known clay vessel, fragments of which were found in the Yuchanyan Cave in China, dated at over 18,000 years old.
By definition a vessel is a functional object, a bowl, capable of holding and containing. It represents abundance and poverty, the possibility of fullness and its antithesis, emptiness. In this investigation the artist relies on the symbolic reading of the object, being a container for the Soul. The materials used are, historically, those for which people have given their lives and for which lives have been traded, as in the case of slaves for salt.