Cath Francis pots feel as though they are made of stardust. The beautiful black and dark brown smoke fired pots with their delicate white dust constellations are like holding a mysterious universe in the palm of your hand.
Cath lives and works from her rural home in West Penwith, Cornwall. She has a deep commitment to contributing to DUST as a project and as a space where her work can contribute to conversations relating to death and dying.
Many of Seamus Moran's works are based around casts taken from knots weathered out of dead trees. Recently he has been producing more figurative pieces such as "Harness" and "Urban burka" which question our assumptions about the world and how everything fits into it. His work has won awards in several national/international competitions including the Threadneedle , NOAC and Passion for Freedom. "Harness" will be touring the Royal Armouries venues throughout 2017/2018
Lucy Willow's artworks made for DUST use materials such as old hospital sheets, bandages, christening gowns as a metaphor for death addressing the way in which visual culture represents death and dying, mourning and grieving through imagery. She explores the experience of personal and collective mourning through stitching 'spirit' forms while imagining they are able to travel back and forth from the underworld with messages from the dead. The dolls, rabbits and crows exhibited in the shop provide her with comfort and an understanding of mourning.
Dirt and its cultural significance is at the core of Emma Saffy Wilson's work. The universal subjects of growth and decay, fertility and death are inevitably interrogated when working with such elemental substance.
The series of poppets exhibited in DUST can be used for remembrance, comfort and a reminder of our own or a loved one's connection to the earth.
Muslin, fabric, thread and graveyard dirt.