Kiln me softly: When a pot is much, Mudge more than a pot


Kiln me softly: When a pot is much, Mudge more than a pot

Lucinda Mudge’s latest exhibition is a ‘celebration of failures around the world’, with a touch of schmaltz

Gary Cotterell

Lucinda Mudge’s solo exhibition Love Story, which opened in November at Everard Read ( gallery in Cape Town, is “a celebration of failures around the world”. Her “semi-evil” sense of humour weaves its way into the visually rich narratives on her large, hand-coiled vases. Mudge speaks about her relationship with her chosen medium and how this informed the title of her show: 

Explain what appears to be a dark, sharp-witted view of the world that informs your narratives? 

I may have a dark view of the world because I have life experience here. However, everyone has something that sent them reeling, so I like to make work that is honest about heaviness. My work actually embraces difficulty. It is not in denial but is ultimately beautiful and uplifting. Like a Bon Jovi song. I listen to a lot of radio schmaltz – radio songs are good like that. Song lyrics form the titles of my pieces. I also observe the action and behaviour of people around me. ..

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