DEAN SMITH Møns Klint
cliffs stained against the sky
the sea drifts in sounds.
Møns Klint 2018
The ceramics and paintings created for this exhibition have emerged from my residency in Denmark in 2018.
This work is a continuation of my themes involving fragile, impermanent environments and mirrors the work I made for Pink Terraces in 2017.
I was interested in visiting South Zealand in Denmark, in particular the chalky cliffs of Mons Klint to use as a conceptual connection to the once beautiful silica landscape of the Pink Terraces in New Zealand: connecting two fragile sites, one tenuously existent, the other non-existent, at opposite ends of the Earth.
The ceramic forms aim to make an ethereal connection between land and sky. Using iridescent pigments on the surface I try to convey the delicate and intangible aspects of a landscape.
Mons Klint is and has been a very popular subject for painters. I thought it apt to make my own gesture through painting – to strip away form – to convey the disappearing nature of Nature.
Dean Smith, 2019