Woodman’s entire output is informed by her knowledge of ceramics both ancient and modern; her paintings use the same unusual glazes, only applied directly to the handmade paper and Classical nudes adorn her bright majolica vases.
The fantastical ceramic vines that cling to the walls of this exhibition embody her playful irreverence. Woodman, now well into her eighties, arranges and rearranges her mis-matched clay pieces on the floor before deciding on their final position. The result is like a three-dimensional, Impressionist take on an extraterrestrial garden.
Her vases, sculptures and paintings may all be reflections on the techniques and forms of the past, but her characteristic ebullience and deep originality are anything but old fashioned.
|What||Ceramicist Betty Woodman: Theatre of the Domestic, ICA|
|Where||Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Charing Cross (underground)|
03 Feb 16 – 10 Apr 16, Thursday till 21:00, Monday Closed
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