Fermata | Birch Tree Gallery

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Joint exhibition ‘Fermata’ by Daliute Ivanauskaite and Patricia Shone
Birch Tree Gallery, 23A Dundas Street, Edinburgh
From May 13 – June 10
Preview May 12, 6 – 8pm (please register on here)

Fermata is a music symbol indicating a prolonged note or rest – exactly how much longer it is held is up to the discretion of the performer or conductor. The two artists to be featured in this exhibition capture a moment and “hold” it in very different materials – clay and  linoleum. The artwork of the media in this exhibition has to go through temporary transitional stages. The pottery gets shelved before it is fired in the kiln and the design in linoleum  is cut in stages – before the final linoleum layer is applied with paint.  The final artistic expression – a raku or wood fired ceramic piece or print – is an outcome after  “prolonged note or rest” – fermata in the creative process.

Daliute Ivanauskaite is a well-known graphic artist from Vilnius, Lithuania. Besides many other galleries our Vilnius travel feature mentions the Kazio Varnelio namai – muziejus, who’s director is Daliute Ivanauskaite. She is exclusively represented in the UK by Edinburgh’s Birch Tree Gallery.

Her preferred technique is colour linocut prints and she prefers to work in large format. Her style is very detailed, and precise, comparable to filigree jewellery. She produces very limited edition prints – lately ranging from 4 to 10. Daliute‘s works are full of poetical metaphors and symbols that stem from the sacred beauty of nature and thematically are void of any human existence and activity. Her colour pallete is mainly soft, pastel tones, but she is also very comfortable inexploring subtle nuances in dark tones, that make her prints dramatic and mysterious. Branches, leaves, roots, cracks in ice appear as fragile and temporal elements of a boundless and infinite universe, comparable to intricate melodies appearing and vanishing into a rich orchestral background.

Patricia Shone makes ceramic vessels in her studio on the Isle of Skye. She uses throwing, hand-building, coiling, and slab-work, to make the work, often bringing all techniques together in a single piece. She uses both high-temperature wood firing and low-temperature raku firing. Living on Isle of Skye has an influence on Patricia’s work: by manipulating clay she explores geological processes of the formation of Earth and subsequent changes, such as erosion and human interaction with land. Though many of her pieces are non-functional, Patricia says: “I am a potter, I am not a sculptor”. She believes that pottery is an important element in maintaining cultural connection between the past and the future; between the lives we live now and the people who have gone before us – whether we knew them or not.

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