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Platform Instagram Takeover: Joanna Whittle

Join painter Joanna Whittle for her Site Gallery Platform Instagram Takeover. The artist uses her takeover to explore developmental parts of her practice – research, drawing, printmaking and ephemeral pieces – rather than finished material.

Joanna's takeover ran 22–29 April – see each of her posts below and follow Site Gallery on Instagram for more artist takeovers.

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@jowhittleart For my ceramic pieces I have been working on a long term project creating a body of Do><ian Whittware with variations such as Rustic Pastijware. These are artefacts from an unknown and disappeared society and enable me to explore undercurrents in the paintings through prescriptive and decorative languages. The designs for these ceramics have been created through an exploration of traditional ceramic wares and designs including creamware, pearlware and whiteware. More recently I have been focused on Liverpool Creamware after seeing the collection at the @walkerartgallery There is something heavy and foreboding about the designs- with moral but also esoteric undertones. For recent work I have been looking at these designs in combination with some of the rococo wildness of the Sevres ceramics in the Portland Collection. These drawings are sketches for some new ‘artefact’ pieces and some aspects have been woven in from elements of the collection – weaving together new territories. They explore these unmapped territories- alchemic activities- hidden rituals. I am really interested in things hidden in plain sight- where intricately designed worlds become ultimately impenetrable. Image 1 Do><ian Plate Design- Ritual Animal Skin, Bowl, Barrel Vessel, Fire Image 2- Do><ian Plate Design- Fire and Hovering Ball #ritual #alchemy #Do><ia #Do><ianWare #Pastijware #instagramtakeover #SiteGallery #PlatformArtistResidency #FreelandsArtsistProgramme #painting #ceramics #Sheffield #landscapepainting #BetweenIslands @jowhittleart

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Painting #Workinprogress Much of Monday’s painting has already been concealed beneath this current state…and in weeks to come it will be something different again. The paintings go through many iterations- I do think of them as long drawn out battles- sometimes with small victories hard won- only to be drawn back in to bloody skirmishes. The worst aspect of a new painting are elements I like -I have to fight round them- they remain as a phantom through many layers, the ghost at the feast, before they are finally obliterated. I have become more brutal with them. I look instead for those tiny bits of grit from which the pearl grows. These acts of obliteration often take place under the cover of darkness- in an ambush late at night. Daytime painting is for those tranquil times of delicate folds or bucolic leaves – with the darkness beneath. ________abgrund________ When I finally get to the end of a painting, the moment of revelation can often be muted, just an act of acquiescence… but occasionally, the painting emerges, injured, but glimmering and everyone throws down their weapons. Perhaps there is another way to make painting, but I like the fight. And perhaps the biggest challenge, in times like these, is to determine if the battle has any meaning. Heidegger – And what are poets for in these destitute times? #obliterate #conceal #fragonard #whatarepoetsfor #heidegger #gustavmetzger #destitute #autodestructiveart #abgrund #abyss #autodestructiveart #WIP #instagramtakeover #SiteGallery #PlatformArtistResidency #FreelandsArtsistProgramme #painting #ceramics #Sheffield #landscapepainting

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