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Christiaan Diedericks - Furnace (Seize)

22 October 2021 to 13 November 2021
This is an exhibition of 16 fired ceramic bowls of which four are framed in deep black box frames.
“For me, our world is a boiling furnace right now.  The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a dramatic loss of human life worldwide and presents an unprecedented challenge to public health, food systems and the world of work. The economic and social disruption caused by the pandemic is devastating, tens of millions of people are at risk of falling into extreme poverty, while the number of undernourished people, currently estimated at nearly 690 million, could increase by up to 132 million by the end of the year,” the artist says in his statement.
Diedericks states that his personal response to the pandemic and the title for the exhibition was hence carefully chosen to become representative of the pandemic.  “The simple symbolism of a bowl has moved countless cultures and artists. An empty bowl holds potential. It is a vessel. It represents promise.”
Furnace (Seize), depicts a variety of sadhus (holy men from India), whom the artist photographed over the years during his visits to India.  “For me a sadhu is the personification of love, peace, and kindness, as well as a person with a deep respect for our planet.”
‘Seize’, not only refers to the number of ceramics on the exhibition (in French, the number sixteen is seize), but also to the fact that “we need to strive to live more in the present moment or in the now. The popular dictums ‘seize the moment’ or ‘seize the day’ is probably more important now, than ever before in our lifetime”.
Medicine man I
Strange halo
Medicine Man II
The keeper (Monkey temple, Jaipur, India, 2018)
Indian delft
Medicine Man III
In the face of adversity
Augur I
Green heart
Memento Vivere I
Memento Vivere II
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