A Touch of Clay – A Tactile Ceramics Exhibition

November 14th to December 28 2014

For 3 months, from September 1st to November 30th 2014 I was Artist in Residence at the New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan. As artists, we are always searching for new ideas or ways to push our work forward. My time in Yingge was a very successful time for me. Three months to think through my process and work out a new way to develop the tactile side of my practice in a meaningful way.

So how do we see, or look at, or engage with a work of art. ACCESS is the entry point to experience. My work has become an investigation into how Museums and Galleries address the issue of accessibility. Does the tactile experience help us to engage with a work of art? I believe it does and as a method, if practiced within the context of the art experience, has the potential to expand what is currently understood as visual culture. On November 14th the Museum opened its first tactile exhibition, it was a huge success and I was very fortunate to be able to contribute and participate in the Exhibition.

The show was considered a success and following on from this, in 2015 the Museum created a permanent ‘Tactile’ area within their collection and my work will remain on display there.

Ceramics Ireland have published an article about my experiences in Taiwan. Click on the link below to read the article.

Issue 35 Eleanor Swan