Fifty-Seven Pieces of Me
CCA Galleries International is pleased to present Lindsay Rutter with her exhibition, Fifty-Seven Pieces of Me. Prize winner Lindsay Rutter was awarded the Summer Prize at the Jersey Summer Exhibition in 2019 for her piece titled Big Red and has since graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Design from Liverpool Hope university.
Rutter is a multidisciplinary artist working in ceramics, print and textiles. Her work is heavily informed by her surroundings and the influence of architecture and street art can be seen in many of her ceramic pieces. Rutter’s ceramics are experimental and varied combining ancient processes with modern techniques. Maiolica glazing techniques that date back to the 13th century are used alongside experimental techniques like slip casting found objects such as bolts, pegs and milk bottles to create the combinations seen in Rutter’s inquisitive approach to ceramics. The use of 24 carat gold is a decorative technique often seen in antique ceramics from around the world and Rutter’s use of it creates a curious conversation between the finery seen in those and the more free and intuitive techniques used in her work. This is seen in the ingot-like objects on the side of I Think of You which appear alongside hand written verses of Rutter’s poetry. Spoken word became an important form of expression of thought for the artist after attending poetry recitals in Liverpool, and later performing herself.
Always underpinned with personal story telling, the need to share her narrative becomes a crucial tether to guide the viewer through the exhibition. Experimentation and research are fundamental parts of Rutter’s process. The works shown in this exhibition are the accents taken from a host of
machetes, sketchbooks, collages and drawings which alone sometimes appear impenetrable but together are summative of the artist’s thinking process and displaying that as a story.
Fifty Seven Pieces of Me sees Rutter’s style presented in complete honesty; equal parts delicate and raw, the varying techniques all part of her practice shown across a range of free standing and wall mounted displays, always candidly open and inviting the viewer in to her narrative which shows little separation between artist and artwork.
Lindsay Rutter is among just 35 international artists currently showing in the UK in the group exhibition Welcome to My World – an exhibition of work by artists who use ceramics to construct and display artwork with a political, cultural or personal narrative.