“Arresting, Unsettling and Powerful” New Work on Show at
The Farnham Pottery by UCA Artist in Residence.
The University of the Creative Arts in Farnham has almost become home from home to artist Cara Wassenberg during the last 3 years. She has spent the first two years completing a Master’s Degree in Metal and Glass and the last year as Artist in Residence. The culmination of her creative discoveries can be seen this July at the Farnham Pottery.
Cara’s largest and most complex installation piece to date “One Thousand Degrees” was displayed in the Film Studios at UCA as part of her degree show, the only space vacuous enough in the college to provide hanging space for its seven icicle-like glass elements. These ranged in size from fifty centimetres to one metre in length. Each one hung through a knotted wrap of material which had been cast in bronze, suspended from a tapered iron rod. Their secure fixings relied on friction and gravity but, all the same, the elements seem to stay suspended against the odds. Visitors described the piece as “arresting, unsettling and powerful”. For Cara it meant the beginning of a new chapter in her creative career and her new work earnt her distinction.
Cara is not new to the art world. She studied Fine Art at Coventry Polytechnic but the search for travel and adventure meant she ended up traveling through Europe and the USA as a “journeyman” blacksmith. She came to her master’s degree not only having raised a family but with a competent knowledge of steel and copper forging techniques. Her research aim was to explore the ways in which architectural settings can be influenced by sculpture particularly through the use of shadow, reflection and translucency. Although she admits she has always been fascinated by technique and process, in love with the nitty gritty of making and would never just be able deal with these issues purely on a design level. At UCA the unique facilities and technical expertise available gave her the opportunity to acquire and practice new techniques in glass. Using the lost wax casting process she started transferring her textural steel forms into translucent cast glass. She is now continuing to build up this new vocabulary of technique and excited by the constant discoveries she finds held in these materials.
She has shared this enthusiasm with students at UCA during her residency but admits it is a two way thing. “I love talking to the students about their projects, it is exciting. Their enthusiasm and hunger to explore new techniques and ideas gives me hope for the future and it is so important that these creative educational facilities thrive”.
EXHIBITION - 19 June - 3 August
Open Tuesday - Saturday 9pm - 4pm
MEET THE ARTISTS - Friday 29 June
Drinks 6 - 8pm; Talk by Cara 7pm
WORKSHOP: Small scale object mould making
Saturday 7 July 9am - 4pm
To book email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cara is based near Petersfield and can be contacted via www.carawassenberg.com