HEARTH installation

A  delicate mass looms over The Arc’s Atrium,  its made of 250 hollow ceramic boulders that have been smoked-fired and arranged as if breaking away from a nucleus.  HEARTH is a site-specific installation by artist Suna Imre,  that acknowledges the precarious nature of our relationship with the earth,the need to collectively bring about positive change whilst simultaneously  celebrating the beauty and wonder of the natural world.

 

 

The smoke firing process reveals colour, pattern and marks on the boulders that are reminiscent of images we see of the universe, and  it is this sense of the infinite which reminds us of the mystery and beauty of our planet in the context of a much larger whole. The boulders are symbolic of our home, the Earth. Home is where the heart is, yet our home perhaps no longer feels safe to us, sure footing is no longer guaranteed.  HEARTH is an invitation to question our place within the natural world and how we can contribute to its healing;  firstly acknowledging the part we have played in its current struggle, recognising that as a collective of voices we gain agency for positive change, and as a mass of voices, we have the potential of healing the nucleus and reconciling with the infinity and vastness of nature. 

 

The Atrium Commission has been funded by Arts Council England 

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HEARTH at City Space provides an opportunity for an intimate,  quiet contemplation of  the  individual forms that are witnessed in the larger site-specific installation at The Arc’s atrium.  Seen up close, the colours, marks and infinite combinations transform into imaginative landscapes and terrains.  Each of the 250  boulders have been made by hand.  They are fired twice, first in an electric kiln, and then smoke fired in a large barrel with tea, coffee and salt to enhance colour variation.  The smoke firing process is totally unpredictable.  Each piece that comes out is unique and cannot be repeated.

12 unique prints: Dye and pigment inks on 250 gsm premium matt paper

914 X 1500 mm, 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lucem ac Tebebras

 

The two ceramic panels hanging in the City Space,  Lucem ac Tenebras,  allow the viewer to see the vast colour palette of the smoke-firing process in minute detail.  Each tile, like each one of us, is completely unique, yet when witnessed as part of a much larger whole, can take on a powerful presence.  The white, creamy hues of the light panel are symbolic of the light within us and our capacity to shine awareness and love on the darker aspects of our humanity, captured within the darker panel,  so that positive change can occur. 115 x 70 cm

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