Sara Flynn's third solo exhibition at Erskine, Hall & Coe presents thirty-three new works in porcelain and bronze.
Flynn’s vessels are thrown porcelain and distinguished by a rich spectrum of colours and tactile surfaces ranging from cool and subtle whites and celedons to rich and complex greys, blacks and yellows. Flynn has written of her work,
“The major concerns that my work deals with are a love of the qualities of thrown clay, an on-going relationship with porcelain and a fascination with the theme of the vessel, in both literal and abstracted interpretations.”
The meticulous attention to detail in choosing both the forms made and the glazes applied results in work that is particularly refined and elegant.
Since her last show at Erskine, Hall & Coe in 2014, Flynn began experimenting with bronze. Two bronze pieces are featured in this show and displayed to the public for the first time.
A growing number of public collections have procured Flynn’s work, including the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin and Irish embassies in Australia, Spain, The Netherlands and China. The Art Institute of Chicago, Chatsworth House and the Gardiner Museum in Toronto have acquired her work from Erskine, Hall & Coe.
Emma Crichton-Miller has written an essay for the exhibition’s illustrated catalogue, in which she described Flynn’s work:
“Whether lustrous black, smooth celadon, silky white or patinated metal, whether rising upwards from a narrow foot or confidently planted on a flat base, they seem to hold within themselves an energy that reflects the creative concentration that gave them birth. They delight the eye with their precise asymmetries, the swoops and turns, the nips and tucks, the peaks and bulges, rims and ridges, which correspond to laws of material and process, and of hand, mind and body, which the viewer can sense but not define.”
The exhibition is viewable through the 12th of January 2017 and is fully illustrated here.