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"I've always loved the idea of the mutability of things... Nothing is forever... there's an inherent instability about how objects work in space."
Edmund de Waal came to know Kettle’s Yard while studying English at Trinity Hall in the mid ’80s. With its combination of architectures, works of art, furniture and other objects, it has remained a touchstone for him and a key to recent developments in his work.
As a potter and a writer about ceramics, de Waal has long reflected on how pots have been presented and perceived. Using the variety of spaces in the gallery and extending into the house with its permanent collection, de Waal will install a series of installations, many of them made specially for the exhibition. The first, ‘A Change in the Weather’, offers the visitor a pot for each day of the year. Further on, there are pots in a skylight, on shelves and in boxes, and running along the street-front window sill. In the last space, we are enticed to glimpse into a room – a Wunderkammer – lined and stacked with 342 plates. In the house, smaller installations, such as ‘Ghost’ replace the normal pots and find their way into bookshelves and cupboards.
The exhibition has been organised with the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, where it will adapt to and reveal its new spaces. It has been grant-aided through the Arts Council England Lottery Fund and by the University of Westminster. A 120 page catalogue including installation photographs is being published.