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Serena Korda, Hold Fast, Stand Sure, I Scream a Revolution, 2016. Originally commissioned by Glasgow School of Art, Comar and Glasgow International 2016. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Alan Dimmick
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Daughters of Necessity: Serena Korda & Wakefield's Ceramics

2 Dec 2017 - 24 June 2018

The Hepworth Wakefield is home to a rich and eclectic collection of ceramics made by some of the great names of modern pottery, including Hans Coper and Lucy Rie.

For this exhibition, British artist Serena Korda has chosen a selection of these ceramics to display alongside her own new and existing works, exploring where these objects sit between function and sculpture.

Working with ceramics for several years, Korda combines her experimental approach to the material with her interest in the acoustic properties of objects. For The Hepworth Wakefield, Korda has created a new work, Resonators, comprising five large, richly glazed vessels with openings at each end. Visitors are invited to interact with the work by placing their ears to each vessel to hear a range of bass-like tones.

The exhibition also features a new presentation of Korda’s ceramic sound installation Hold Fast, Stand Sure, I Scream a Revolution, which was premiered at Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art in 2016. This work is made up of 29 individual porcelain mushrooms suspended from the ceiling, which will be played as bells in public performances during the Ceramics Fair in early May 2018.

This exhibition is inspired by an essay written for Wakefield Art Gallery in the 1950s which referred to clay vessels as ‘daughters of necessity’. With this in mind, Serena relates the idea of the Daughters of Necessity to the activity of working in ceramics, using alchemical processes that embrace risk and failure.

‘Daughters of necessity’, highlight their distinctive status as both functional and decorative objects. As inspiration for the exhibition, Korda looked to Greek mythology, in which the Daughters of Necessity are born of Ananke, the goddess that personifies both necessity and fate.

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