Manon Awst is a multidisciplinary artist, working in performance, sculpture, poetry, site-specific interventions and works on paper. Raised on Anglesey, she studied Architecture at the University of Cambridge, before moving to Berlin to work as an artist.
Her collaborative works, created under the name Awst & Walther, have been exhibited world-wide, and are represented in the permanent collections at Sammlung Boros, Berlin and the Cass Sculpture Foundation.
Often monumental in scale, the works’ playful use of materials such as mirrors, ice, live plants and weapons, is reflected in her new work: materialising in Anghysbell in a more intimate, almost reliquary form.
Beyond Berlin, Manon Awst has established a studio in Caernarfon, subverting forms more traditionally associated with the rarefied air of the white cube; taking her practice into the landscapes which inspire her work and taking possession of the traditionally male domains of land art, public sculpture and public recitation of poems.
Her academic research at Bangor University explores the nature and potential of site-specific sculptures and interventions, informing her practical work coordinating public spaces at Pontio Arts.
Anghysbell - July 21 - October 3rd, 2021
Anghysbell is where domains of culture and landscape, the domestic and political materialise: stratified layers which, under great pressure, create the physical world we live in.
These works speak to a land not made in the mists of myth and legend – but one that exists firmly in the present, shaped by invisible natural forces and deep time. Sediment and clasts transform into outcrops, mountains, inlets: a deep quarry or a leisure park, a home, a second home or a rewilding project.
Throughout this exhibition you’ll discover a quiet invitation to touch, alongside an urgent warning not to engage. Objects made of renewable polymers, recycled marine waste; products of industries such as mining and 3D printing, are a tactile but forbidding reminder of the inevitable effect our touch and our desires have on the landscape around us.
Anghysbell explores the process of mark-making, from its earliest iterations as prehistoric rock art to the impact our gestures make on our environment today; revealing the stories we tell about the land, and the stories the land has to tell about us.
By Sara Huws
This exhibition is supported by the Arts Council of Wales