Her work aims to examine our relationship with tradition, and explores shifts in perception around the value of an object according to time and context. Paul often works with simple timeless materials and techniques such as clay, weaving and drawing that have been used throughout centuries and can be sourced and crafted applying very little technology.
Paul’s exhibition at Spike Island revolves around La Perma-Perla Kraal Emporium, a collaborative work that invites visitors to sit around a long table and make clay beads, thereby becoming the work at the same time as creating it. In this experiential and immersive environment, ceramic teapots and cups made by Paul are used to serve tea to participants.
Zoë Paul’s exhibition is supported by the Henry Moore Foundation and Arts Council England. Herbs for the tea are supplied in-kind by Daphnis and Chloé.