OVADA presents Breaking The Mould, a touring exhibition of 40 artists from around the world who work in the medium of paper. The exhibition features dynamic exhibits from Italy, Germany, Slovakia, Korea and the UK. Exhibits from the UK are represented by Claire Christie Sadler (showing new work made during a residency at OVADA) and Sir Anthony Caro who has loaned us his paper sculpture Bandit, 1981 for the exhibition.
For artists who work with paper, it becomes apparent that there is a deeper significance of working with this material that extends into an appreciation for the inherent qualities of this wonderfully tactile and available substance. Boundaries are broken, and subsequently papermaking becomes more than a craft. The 40 artists exhibiting here employ a variety of strategies within an array of imaginative and unexpected uses for this commonplace yet precious material.
In some of these works we are driven to consider the expressive potential of paper, through a process based exploration of the material. We explore the inner phenomena and vastness of the medium and its interrelation with other disciplines. Roberto Mannino's Bluekea 4 creates an inner armature using paper skins, extracting and playing with ideas of the perception of gravity and weight.
Paper has long been used as a communicative device. Sybille Berger- Jenisch's Space knots reveal that thoughts can be represented by spaces that may be claimed, or are yet to be explored. These amalgamated forms speak their own language through light and shadow tones, depicting the gentleness of the material and subsequently provoking consideration of its uses.
This exhibition is curated by Hilary Sussum, and presented by Enfield Arts Partnership in conjunction with the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA).