Each of these three artists specializes in a particular medium: Woodhouse, clay; Doyle, glass; Baumbrough, photography. However, since they began working together over 3 years, they have begun to find themselves attracted to working in other mediums.
“How I see and shoot images”, says Baumbrough, “has been totally changed by working with Gale and Patricia”.
“Me as well”, says Woodhouse, “sometimes I’ll see something and think, I need to share this with Patricia as it would really only work in glass”.
For these three artists, making art together is an ever expanding conversation inspired by the natural world around them, the contrast of the micro and the macro of it, as well as their collaborative working relationships with one another.
“When I did the last studio visit with them”, says Lake Country Art Gallery Curator Katie Brennan, “they were afire with new ideas. Most of them all from inspiration that they find in each others work”.
Fusing glass and clay and photography is a technically challenging process that requires a great deal of depth about the chemical properties of the material - what temperature does glass melt at? How is that comparable the temperatures clay needs to fire at? And how on earth do you apply photographic images to clay and glass surfaces?
To answer all these questions and more, all three artists will give an artist talk on Thursday, Oct 17th at 7pm, as well as offer an open studio / demo day in the gallery from 11 - 3pm on Saturday Oct 26th. The public is invited to both of these free events in which they can interact with the artists one-on-one.
“Natural Affinity - an exhibition of clay, glass and photography” kicks off with an opening reception on Wednesday, Oct 9th from 6 - 8pm.