All artistic creation involves alchemy: alchemy of materials and of imagination. Jenni Hicks uses fire to transform base clay into works of art using processes that have existed for thousands of years. Meirion Harries captures and manipulates light to create printed art forms with processes that are relatively more recent. The ceramic object and the photographic image gain a life that transcends their origins in clay and paper. Contrasting the oldest and newest artistic processes, ALCHEMIES demonstrates that art is not simply rooted in or bound by the process of its creation, but springs to life through the alchemy of imaginative engagement.
Having met by purest chance one evening in 2014 at a Notting Hill theatre, Meirion Harries and Jenni Hicks delightedly picked up their friendship after a gap of twenty years – a time in which, as they discovered, they had independently been pursuing very much the same artistic goals in our different mediums. This exhibition is an experiment in synergy: an attempt at artistic alchemy.
The gallery will be hosting a private view with the artists on Wednesday 28 th September 2016. ALCHEMIES will be open to the public between the 27 th September – 1 st October 2016. For further information, images or to register your interest in the event please email firstname.lastname@example.org