A new exhibition by the York-based ceramicist Loretta Brangaza, opens at Bede’s World on Saturday (April 11).
Clay Journeys has been partly inspired by the riverine and maritime cultures of Jarrow with water playing a central role in the new work.
Exploring the interactions between earth, air, fire and water and relates to a deeply felt sense of place for Braganza whose preoccupation with water is not surprising having grown up in the great port city of Mumbai, formerly Bombay, by the Arabian Sea.
She says: “The sculptural forms I use distil and fuse other art form practices that are part of my journey as a ceramicist. A lifelong passion for Indian dancing manifests itself in the choreography of my ‘groups and related shapes’ and in the way the exhibition is displayed.
“The use of rhythmic surface patterning stems from my background in textile design and my Fine Art training reveals itself in the painterly methods of scumbling, impasto and translucent water colours.”
Bede’s World is a particularly fitting venue to host the opening of this new exhibition as Mike Benson, director of the attraction explains: “We are thrilled that Loretta‘s journey as an artist is being celebrated here at Bede’s World, Jarrow. Our museum is a special place that is inspired by Bede and his community. The monastery where he lived and worked is a powerhouse of creativity and thought. It remains as a reminder in our landscape.
“The monastery was a great building of stone where journeymen and master craftsmen left their mark with hammers and chisels all those centuries ago. Loretta’s work embodies her craft and creativity and has a presence that leaves its mark once you encounter it.
“Her work connects backwards and forwards through time like the North Sea tide itself. Hosting this exhibition in partnership with Alchemy and Studio Eleven is a statement of intent for the place we want to be ‘The World according to Bede.”
Clay Journeys will be on show at Bede’s World, Jarrow from April 11 until June 14. Visit www.bedesworld.co.uk for opening times and more details.