Falls the Shadow, Jennifer Lee
Falls the Shadow, Jennifer Lee is a new book featuring the work of Scottish artist Jennifer Lee, and was published to coincide with the exhibition the nature of things: Jennifer Lee, Hans Stofer and Laura Ellen Bacon at the New Art Centre, Roche Court Sculpture Garden, Wiltshire. The book is wonderful, with texts by award-winning authors Tanya Harrod and Edmund de Waal, and superb reproductions of her pots, drawings, and their installations. It also includes an intimate collection of images of her materials, sketchbooks, and studio.
The title of the book and Tanya Harrod’s essay make reference to a poem by T.S. Eliot, The Hollow Men, which reads:
“Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow”
It is easy to see the connection drawn here between poem and pots, as Jennifer’s works seem suspended in both time and place. They are poised on the very edge of action and motion, remaining utterly still on their pedestals.
Edmund de Waal writes that one of the best descriptions of sculpture is that it “displaces the air around it, creating a sort of spatial hum,” and he believes that Jennifer’s work possesses this quality. This hum, or vibration in the atmosphere, occupies the same space as the shadow of Eliot’s poem. Jennifer’s vessels are imbued with the activity of their creation, resulting in finely balanced forms that evoke geological processes in their colors and proportions.
I am happy to be welcoming Jennifer back to the gallery this summer for her show Jennifer Lee: New Work from July 14th to August 11th. We will have copies of this beautiful book of her work available to purchase.