disquiet [dis-kwahy-it]

noun: lack of calm, peace, or ease; anxiety;

disquiet is an exhibition of recent paintings and sculptures by Clare Thatcher and Lou Baker, who are showing together for the first time at Walcot Chapel in Bath. Although they use very different materials and processes they recognise similarities in their work and, for this exhibition, they have made some new pieces in response to one another’s work.

You’re warmly invited to the private view on Saturday 22nd September from 2 - 5pm.

If you can’t make the private view, the exhibition runs from Tuesday 18th to Sunday 23rd September, and is open daily from 11-5. Both artists will be working in the space throughout the exhibition so come and meet them.

Walcot Chapel, Walcot Gate, Bath BA1 5UG

For more information about their work please visit their websites and follow them on social media:
Clare Thatcher www.clarethatcher.wordpress.com
Instagram @clare_artist
Twitter @ClareThatcher2
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/clare.thatcher.1
Lou Baker www.loubakerartist.co.uk
Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @loubakerartist

Stumbling across art in unexpected places delights me; sometimes it makes me smile, sometimes it makes me think, and it always makes me curious! Consequently, I take great pleasure in installing my work in unusual places. I love seeing how my soft sculptures can be site responsive and how they become something ‘other’ in a non-traditional setting. I really enjoy the challenge of finding surprising ways to hang my work. Working in listed buildings, for example, with the restrictions that they impose, has inspired me to show my work in some wonderfully quirky and creative ways.

My soft sculpture, Other 5,
installed at Privy at The Edwardian Cloakroom, June 2016, 
in one of the Ladies' toilet cubicles!

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Knitting is always my default setting; I knit therefore I am. Knitting is a fundamental part of my identity; it is comforting, meditative, sometimes challenging, but always deeply satisfying. Knitting instantly calms me and it makes me happy! 

I regard knitting as a physical drawing, the transformation of a linear material into a sculptural form, the ultimate balance between drawing and applied arts. Over the years I have developed extreme textured knitting techniques and used knitting as a sculptural medium to make large abstract forms. The hanging knitted form, suspended using tension and gravity, suggests a vulnerability which evokes a bodily resonance with notions of absence and the abject.

For me, the process of knitting is as important as the product. Knitting in private is what I call ‘stream of consciousness’ knitting – I have no pattern, just a few rules, which I sometimes allow myself to break! I make decisions as I knit and the form develops intuitively. I very quickly enter a state of meditative timelessness which induces a profound sense of wellbeing. The psychologist Csikszentmihalyi describes this as the state of flow; it is caused by deep concentration, where levels of skill match levels of challenge. It is often linked to creativity and, ultimately, to happiness.

Image: Heart of darkness, 2015 - present, hand knitted wool, knitting needles, yarn; installed at Synecdoche's Bodies residency, September 2016 

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