Given minimal parameters regarding the form that completed work should take, each pair interpreted the collaboration differently, with diverse and exciting results. Containing terrariums, a tea set, life size garments, jewellery and more, the exhibition has taken on a life of its own and veered off in unexpected directions. Taking place across cities and states, the collaborative exercise has connected artists from a range of geographical locations, bringing together and strengthening links within a wide group of makers.
Though each duo approached the exercise in quite distinct ways, common themes have emerged, particularly ideas around support and dialogue: the show contains pieces that reference and ‘speak to’ one another, and objects that balance and literally hold each other up. The exhibition title In Common denotes shared characteristics and, in this context, the notion of communing – coming together to identify with one another, to talk and to share ideas – concepts which seem highly appropriate, not only to the theme of this year's Craft Cubed Festival 'Crafting Communities', but also to Guild of Objects itself, being some of the fundamental principles that Guild was built around.
Images: Bianca Mavrick + Louise Meuwissen digital collage, Chela Edmunds + Abbey Rich screen printed ceramics, Katia Carletti + Elizabeth Barnett ceramic objects and painting (detail), Ashley Ronning + Rosaleen Ryan resin object, Tessy King + Samantha O'Farrell ceramics, Kirsten Perry + Merryn Lloyd ceramic objects painted with encaustic, Cheralyn Lim + Georgina Glanville layered painting on ply (detail)
This exhibition is presented by Guild of Objects in conjunction with the 2017 Craft Cubed Festival.