Posted 9th November 2017
Watts Contemporary Gallery
6 - 10 November
Teresa Munn is based in North Hampshire, and completed an MA in Ceramics at UCA Farnham in 2016. A background in science and the manufacturing industry underpinned a keen interest in the possibilities of clay. During MA explorations, she developed techniques for writing with clay, and the resulting ‘Conversations with Landscape’ have been shown widely, including at Ceramic Art London and the Menier Gallery.
'Walking through a landscape imprints sensory memories, and we remember thoughts, conversations, feelings as well as place. Poetry can capture a moment and create images which transport us to a different place and time.
Our earliest recorded texts were inscribed clay tablets, and I feel a sense of continuity by using clay as a medium for script. I like the shapes created by three dimensional script, and shadows cast when the script is mounted above a ceramic or ink background. The shadows move with the light, echoing our hazy, changing memories. Background colours reflect personal landscapes of the Hampshire Downs and beaches of the Gower Peninsula.'
The work employs Teresa's own words, as well as extracts of classical and contemporary poetry, such as the verse by Owen Sheers beginning ‘There are places that speak, telling the stories of us and them…’
Investigations have broadened from the solely personal. A short residency at Mottisfont Abbey provided an opportunity to gather external perspectives, and to link the past with hopes for the future through reactions to landscape. More recent works tell stories from those who have lost their homelands.