Life With Things Still (Shimmering)
Manon van Kouswijk
30 Aug – 24 Sep 2022
“Colour itself came in hard little circular discs, and was shiny like a polished stone or polished jewel, but with its colour deep inside it. It showed its colour on the outside for its outside was what it was all the way through. But unlike a gemstone, it didn’t emanate colour. Its colour sat there, turned inwards. Pure colour was introverted, like a shy little animal”. From Sheila Heti – Pure Colour.
I’m here and I am listening to my hands, letting them initiate the next move.
Things around me seem to know quite well what they want to become, it’s me who doesn’t know where this is going yet (they must have forgotten to tell me..).
I wish for them to find their ideal form, I’m not in the mood to dictate very much at all.
Making is searching, an ongoing exercise, I’m moving with it, alongside it.
Pushing, rolling, looping, folding, layering, twisting.
Sometimes there is friction; cracking, tearing, splitting.
A three-dimensional drawing method in which shapes reveal themselves, patterns are generated through procedure, making makes itself visible.
They are thinking objects says Mel and I’m happy for them to do the thinking for me (not sure if that lets me off the hook but I wouldn’t mind..). I’ve never liked that dominant idea of authorship much anyway. I prefer letting things make themselves.
Clay has its own logic, it wants to wander. Matter meandering.
Some of these forms echo the language of existing things from different realms of material culture. Their shape determines the way they sit or hang, how they are held or placed. Rims, edges, loops, tops, bottoms, details tell us this is up this is down, this is front this is back, this one can be reversed, this one wants to be viewed only from this side, this one needs to sit at an angle.
Things accompany us.
Plate caresses table.
Body thing sandwich.
Life With Things Still (Shimmering).
Manon van Kouswijk, Naarm/Melbourne, 2022
→ Read the EXHIBITION TEXT BY MEL DEERSON, drawing on email exchanges and conversations with Manon van Kouswijk