SalisburyEdmund de Waal: tacet
An exhibition of new works in stone and alabaster by the acclaimed artist and author Edmund de Waal.
Speaking about the work, Edmund de Waal said: “In these last months I realised how much I wanted to make things for people to touch. These new works use Hornton stone from a quarry near Tew in Oxfordshire, the same seam as the stone that Henry Moore used for his Madonna and Child in St Matthew’s Church, Northampton. They are benches, carved and polished so that there are different textures to discover. I hope they feel old, weathered, ‘known and handled’ to borrow David Jones’ words. I’ve called them tacet. Silence, rest.
And I’ve made some new works using alabaster from a quarry near Nottingham, the material used for the greatest carvings of the Middle Ages, for funerary monuments. This alabaster glows, makes things float, brings light into play with the porcelain vessels and tiles that sit with them.
I’ve found great pleasure in using materials to hand, English stone and alabaster, the porcelain in my studio, some gold. These are slow works.”
The artist has had a long association with the New Art Centre having first shown here some 20 years ago. An exhibition of over eighty of his early works from the Rosenheimer Collection took place in 2018 and will join the Art Institute of Chicago. A permanent installation of his work is on show in the Artists’ House gallery, Roche Court.
This new exhibition is held in the gallery adjoining the orangery at Roche Court.
Installation image, Edmund de Waal, tacet. New Art Centre, September 2020. Copyright: The Artist. Courtesy: New Art Centre