The Murmur of Surfaces:  Aspects of Care in a Creative Arts Practice

A Presentation by Sharon Jewell

Thursday October 6 7.30-9.30
he Quaker House, 10 Hampson Street
Kelvin Grove (park on Prospect Terrace)
Members and Concession: $10, Non-members $15

“…having to do with something, producing something, attending to something and looking after it, making use of something, giving something up and letting it go, undertaking, accomplishing, evincing, interrogating, considering, discussing, determining…” (Martin Heidegger on Care).

“The material imagination, whose function is to imagine beneath images of form…is called upon to discover deep aspects of the unconscious” (Dennis Slattery).

“The surfaces we most often encounter, with which we enfold, house and convenience ourselves – curtains, chairs, tables, benches as well as containers of all sorts – have entered our cultural worlds as abstractions of skin and the body, the earth and cave” (Sharon Jewell, 2015).

In this presentation, Sharon draws on her creative art practice and research to offer an image of Care as a responsive mode of engaging with and within the world, that enlivens and gives access to being. Sharon draws upon the myth of Cura, Care, as it is penned by the Roman Hyginus (64 BC – 17 AD).

What she proposes is that Care is manifest not only between one living thing and another, but might be said of the “expression” that happens at the meeting of any forms or matter, which, together, release hidden qualities at the depths of being. Care is, therefore, portrayed as a kind of causality. Sharon explores this idea through the particular kinds of materials and objects – fabrics, paper, thin wood - that she has worked with in her recent sculptures and drawings. Given, as these materials are, in extent rather than depth they demand a particular attention that migrates between protection and ruin. From the observations and reflections made in this study, she suggests that the materials that we choose or are drawn to, furnish images of self, and therefore, as we engage in creative practice, we both form and are formed.

Sharon Jewell has been a practicing artist and teacher for many years, returning to study in 2010 to complete her MAVA and in 2012 for her PhD, both in practice led research. She works principally within the fields drawing and sculpture, and at the intersection of these, but her practice also involves writing. She has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions throughout the past twenty years and was recipient of an Australia Council overseas studio grant in Helsinki in 2011. Sharon lives on a beautiful island in South Moreton Bay, which featured as a protagonist in her recent exhibition at Redland Regional Gallery, Cleveland, Ground-Passage.