A sensual marriage of form and function, radiating calm.
Roche Court, Salisbury
23rd November 2019 – 19th January 2020
IN NOVEMBER THE New Art Centre at Roche Court opened its winter exhibitions – a show of striking photographs by Tessa Traeger and, alongside, in a new space called The Design House, a display of beautiful Jesmonite furniture by London-based artist and designer Małgorzata Bany.
Bany, originally from Poland, trained as a fine artist. Her first discipline was painting, and her feeling for colour is evident in the way she plays with the muted chalky hues of Jesmonite, a man-made resin-based material. Inspired equally by nature and architecture, Bany has moved on from two dimensions to develop a way of working with her material that moves seamlessly between sculpture and furniture.
She creates hand-carved moulds which produce highly textured, yet sublimely smooth objects. These pieces radiate a deep, seductive calm. Sensual despite their apparent minimalism, the subtle contrasts of colour and texture in each collection, together with the eclectic array of forms, contribute to a unified vision of how useful objects might beautifully enhance and inhabit a space.
They look magnificent in The Design House, converted by architect Stephen Marshall from two piggeries at the back of a cottage at Roche Court. Madeleine Bessborough, Director of the New Art Centre, which she established in the mid-1990s, says, “The current show in the new space is to ensure that the past fifty years of the New Art Centre is joined up with the next fifty years. The work is sculpture, but it is also furniture. It is a wonderful marriage between what you need and what you look at.”
Just as the show opened, The Design Edit went down to Roche Court to meet the artist.
Małgorzata Bany – a London-based artist and designer specialising in Jesmonite.