Séraphine Pick, with Jaime Jenkins
We are digging together.
Looking for the colour of the earth…
– Séraphine Pick & Jaime Jenkins, July 2021
Coloured Mud is a collaboration between painter Séraphine Pick and ceramicist Jaime Jenkins.
Since first meeting in Wellington five years ago the artists have become fast friends and for this exhibition Pick has painted on Jenkins’ ceramic forms. All of the collaborative works were made when Pick visited Jenkins’ Tauranga studio and whilst the two did a residency at Driving Creek Pottery on the Coromandel in Autumn of 2021. Selected pieces were hand-built by Pick, the large bells were hand-coiled by Jenkins and both Teeter and Waver are made from clay she excavated herself. Almost all of the ceramics were wood-fired with soda at Driving Creek or gas-fired in Jenkins’ own kiln.
The playful installation, Coloured Mud features a group of new paintings by Séraphine Pick that includes small, intimate, head-sized works as well as more large-scale stretched works in oil on linen. A common thread running throughout Pick’s latest paintings is inner and outer natural worlds, worlds that are sylvian, with sheltering trees, dark blooms, swaying grasses, tempestuous hedges as well as quieter moments of cut flowers. Bodies in outlandish light are also captured by Pick, reluctantly standing, crouching, slouching and stretching. Shifting more towards abstraction, the works demonstrates bodily, intuitive approaches to making and each has its own distinct palette operating as its own field of hue, whether roseate, flashed, green, gold or blue.
Jaime Jenkins is represented by
Jhana Millers Gallery, Wellington