Jaime Jenkins, @JHANA MILLERS
Stone Age by Jaime Jenkins
8 — 31 October 2020
Jhana Millers Gallery, Level 1, Mibar Building, 85 Victoria St, Wellington
Stone Age is the first large-scale solo exhibition of Jaime Jenkins stoneware at Jhana Millers and continues Jenkins’ explorations into the possibilities of clay.
Jenkins hand-builds pieces that are not confined to any definitions of what clay can and should do. Teetering on the edges of functionality and fragility, her works often take on organic and intricate forms. Things that are not traditionally made with the hard and fragile material, or that create movement and sound, such as chains or bells are frequent subjects in Jenkins’ practice.
Jenkins is also interested in pushing the structural capabilities of clay — constructing dense architectural pieces that can be used as stools, shelves and tables, or works that simply exist in isolation as large sculptures. Taking months to dry and with many succumbing in the kiln at the final stage, Jenkins is still learning the extent to which she can push the material.
A main source of inspiration for Jenkins is her experiences of nature and natural forms, which she translates into her stoneware. Jenkins speaks of feeling ‘filled up by nature’ when she spends time in the landscape — out for a bushwalk or diving into a water hole. The glazes and slips Jenkins uses are earthy and celestial, reflecting this deep attachment to the environment. Starry blues, forest-floor greens and deep grounding reds are some of the colours Jenkins has chosen for the pieces that make up Stone Age.
Stone Age by Jaime Jenkins.