The Searchers exhibition: September 12 – 24, 2014
‘Shooting from the Hip’
Harriet Aston, Stephen Buckeridge, Dave Morgan Davies, Tony Eastman, Michael Hayter, Stuart Low, Jitka Palmer, Ruth Piper
8 Artists: spotlighting an artist a week for 8 weeks leading up to the show.
Week 5: Jitka Palmer
‘The group of three heads represent my reflection on how shooters or prophets orpeacemakers are often treated by history and mankind’ JP
Jitka is a story teller. Her work suggests a continuing narrative or commentary, a processing and distilling of conscious and unconscious observations, made visual through her manipulation of clay and stone.
Her latest work has an immediacy and spontainaety, a straight from the hip response.
The 3 new heads are powerful portraits of a train of thought, a passionate rendering in clay. ‘Silenced Preacher’ & ‘Blinded Visionary’ are roughly worked in porcelain, finished with a clear glaze. The clay hangs in folds, patched and scarred in direct contrast to the delicate nature of the material.
‘Misled Dreamer’ is a brutal stoneware puppet like head sickly with bright coloured glazes, an iron stake hammered into the centre of the skull.
Ruth Piper – Founder of The Searchers contemporary