One of our ReSearch Room projects has been a collaboration between Aspire artist Judith Abubakar and Belgian ceramicist Morgane Deffense. Here, Morgane tells us more about their experience.

An ancient Chinese proverb says “An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place, or circumstances. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break.”

This project was born from an encounter between Judith and myself. We focused our artistic collaboration on communication.

I studied ceramics, and Judith is experienced in painting and textile work. We quickly decided to share and bring our knowledge together and to create with these different mediums. Our work represents the meeting between ceramics and threads, white and colour, a dialogue between two elements…

At first, we made a cast of an everyday object: a cup. We reproduced it several times in clay, and gave it different uses. The cup mimics the surface texture of canvas fabric in ceramic and thus also becomes an embroidery support. This allowed us to build a string telephone, which became the symbol of our exchange.

This project was a beautiful experience for both of us. Thank you Project Ability!
-Morgane Deffense

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