Lucinda Mudge's extraordinary vases captivate the eye with their rich colours and intricate detail. Yet beneath their glimmering surfaces is a familiar world simmering with paranoia and tension.
Both a visual and a socio-political record, this collection of twenty-five new vases draws inspiration from a wide variety of references, including cartoons, pop songs, fabric designs and Art Deco vase patterns, resulting in whimsical collisions of the popular and refined, the mundane and elevated, the violent and the beautiful.
This range of contemporary and historical sources merges to present a complex narrative familiar to many South Africans. Using hand-mixed glazes and stains, and produced painstakingly slowly over the period of a full year, each piece is as unique as the narrative it tells. Themes, images and text are constantly repeated and reshuffled, embodying in their very fabric humanity's ability to carry contradictory impulses simultaneously.
The choice of the vase as a canvas is not without significance. Commonly a functional household object, the vase has a presence which is genuinely welcoming and affirming, a familiar object that is usually intended for the home.
Lucinda Mudge is a contemporary South African artist working primarily in the medium of ceramics. After graduating from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town (1997-2000), she spent the following years between Cape Town and the UK before moving to Keurboomstrand, Plettenberg Bay, where she now lives and works. Kill You Eat You (2016) will be her fifth solo exhibition.
Recent solo shows include: Take What You Want, Knysna Fine Art, Knysna (2015); Lasers in the Jungle, The Gallery at Grande Provence, Franschhoek, (2014); and The White Tiger and Other Stories, Knysna Fine Art, Knysna (2013).
Lucinda’s work was recently exhibited at the Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain, as part of the exhibition Making Africa (2015).
Lucinda Mudge has work in major corporate and private collections nationally and internationally, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Guernsey, the Netherlands, Italy and Russia.
Her work is included in the following publications: Making Africa - A Continent of Contemporary Design, (2015); and The Bauhaus: #itsalldesign, published by Vitra Design Museum, edited by Mateo Kries, Jolanthe Kugler (2015).
Solo Exhibition, Hello Pretty Girl, Everard Read, Johannesburg, South Africa
Group Exhibition, MAKING AFRICA Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, New Mex
Group Exhibition, MAKING AFRICA Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas
Solo Exhibition ‘Pixel Vases’ Everard Read/ Circa, Cape Town, South Africa
Solo Exhibition, The Wolf Is Always Near, Everard Read London, United Kingdom
Group Exhibition, Off the wall, Everard Read, Johannesburg
MAKING AFRICA, CCCB Barcelona, Spain
Group Exhibition, Transmutation, Knysna Fine Art, Knysna, South Africa
Group Exhibition, VASE Function Reviewed, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland
Solo Exhibition Kill You Eat You, CIRCA on Jellicoe, Johannesburg, South Africa
2015 / 2016
Group Exhibition, MAKING AFRICA Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain
Group Exhibition MAKING AFRICA, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Switzerland
Group Exhibition, KKNK, Oudshoorn, South Africa
Solo Exhibition, Take What You Want, Knysna Fine Art , Knysna, South Africa
Solo Exhibition, Lasers in The Jungle, The Gallery at Grande Provence, Franschhoek, South Africa
Solo Exhibition, The White Tiger and Other Stories, Knysna Fine Art, Knysna, South Africa
Lucinda Mudge has work in major corporate and private collections nationally and internationally – UK; Australia; Guernsey; Netherlands, Italy, Russia and South Africa.
Making Africa A Continent of Contemporary Design , (2015) edited by Mateo Kries, Amelie Klein
The Bauhaus: #itsalldesign, published by Vitra Design Museum, edited by Mateo Kries, Jolanthe Kugler (2015)