17 February 2017
Jim Ede, Basket of pebbles
‘I will discard 10,000 in my search for one whose outward shape exactly balances my idea of what a pebble is … you may search a wide seashore or the reaches of many rivers and never find one, and then suddenly it lies before you – an ordered unit, shaped of this order from the countless vicissitudes of nature’s course… We find a perfect pebble once in a generation and once in a continent perhaps.’
By mixing natural and found objects and artworks at Kettle’s Yard, Jim Ede attempted to challenge and change the traditional ideas of what art is and could be. In notes found in the Kettle’s Yard archive, Jim writes about his fascination with found and natural objects; he felt that our contact with a pebble was something miraculous. Jim felt that we make personal connections to the colour, shape or pattern of pebbles that we pick up and was fascinated by our individual choice about what makes the perfect pebble.
Acknowledging the significance of pebbles for Jim Ede and Kettle’s Yard, one has been put in the time capsule we placed on site during our Topping Out Ceremony. Read more about the time capsule and the event here.