De Morgan Centre, The : Renewal at the De Morgan Centre: Sandra Eastwood

Two artists discover and rediscover the past, present and future with clay, fabric, ink & paint. This selling exhibition, curated by Tim Boon, will bring together the works of two eclectic artists, Sandra Eastwood and Jacy Wall.

Sandra Eastwood is a highly skilled potter and an accomplished hand builder of sculptural forms. Her modernist patterns and designs are inspired by the musical compositions of Bach, Stravinsky and Shostakovich amongst others, as well the diverse melodic phrases of jazz, blues and gospel music. Her aptitude in mathematics is also evident in her creative output: she is inspired by Fibonacci patterns observed in nature, in pine cones, sunflowers and seashells.
Her output reduced to a trickle during the latter part of the past decade as she underwent courses of chemotherapy to fight a life-threatening form of breast cancer. Happily, she seems to have won the battle and has been back in her workshop since last year, where she has been joyously and determinedly at work making her strikingly patterned, organically inspired ceramic art.

Jacy Wall has a background in constructed textiles and began her career in the medium of woven tapestry, more recently experimenting with painting and printmaking.
Through the theme of patching, mending and repairing, skills she venerates, though derided in the past as "woman's work", Wall explores her emotional responses to the past and women's role within the domestic sphere in her celebration of the deterioration of used and cherished objects.
'I do not aim to romanticise damage. Nor do I wish to delve too deeply into the implied trauma of damage. Merely I wish to acknowledge and celebrate the history that it signifies.'
She incorporates her stitchery into weaving and textile compositions, creating a textile that is far freer in design and conception than traditional weaving. In so doing, Wall venerates the ideas of the familiar, everyday object, heritage and inheritance; themes which are particularly resonant in today's drive for austerity and a revival of the ‘make, do and mend' philosophy of the 1940s.

Makers at this event include (Members in Bold)