In wandering within an accumulation of short lines Ariel Gout and Amy Kennedy create a dialogue between their respective works - ink on paper and ceramic sculpture - illustrating connections between drawing and sculpture. Their focus is line: line as mark-making, movement through space, mass, and source of energetic expression. Both artists are inspired by natural phenomena, be it biological or terrestrial; they share a quasi-meditative process and have developed their work over long periods of time, with deep knowledge of the materials they use.
Ariel and Amy befriended each other during an artist residency at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan in 2019. At the beginning of the Pandemic, they initiated a remote online artist residency ‘The Wagashi AIR’, a first for both. Connecting at least weekly, across time difference and distance, between Melbourne and Berlin, occasionally France; they shared the progression of their artworks and ongoing projects, inspired by each other. This remote residency continues to this day. ‘Wandering within an accumulation of short lines’ offers an opportunity for the artists to collaborate once again and bring their connection into the physical realm.
Ariel Gout is a French artist living and working in Berlin since 2010. She graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MA, USA) in 2009. Her last solo shows were “Vogellust”, Berlin (2020) and “Submarine Landscape”, Shigaraki, Japan (2019). She has exhibited (solo) 7 large installations of her Palm Pebbles project - France, Spain and Germany (2013-2017). She was artist in residence at Virginia Center for Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Artist In Residence, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation (USA), Can Serrat (Spain), Takt (Berlin), le Moulin à Nef (France), Shigaraki Ceramic Sculpture Park (Japan).
Amy Kennedy is a mid-career Ceramic Artist living in Naarm/Melbourne. Her work is guided by a deep interest in the aesthetics of materiality, process, and transformation. Amy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) Honours from RMIT University in 2006. Soon after this she was awarded a residency at The European Ceramic Work Centre, The Netherlands, a career highlight. Her work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of South Australia, The Ian Potter Museum and Bendigo Art Gallery. She is currently exhibiting with Skepsi Gallery, in her exhibition, On Closer Inspection.