Helen Aitken Kuhnen and Mio Kuhnen
27th February – 16th March 2019
What might come as a surprise to many is that this exhibition, Transfer, heralds the first time mother and daughter team, Helen Aitken-Kuhnen and Mio Kuhnen have exhibited exclusively together. With what seems like a natural pairing of artists, it’s anybodies guess as to why it has taken so long, but we are extraordinarily pleased that it has.
Each artist will present their own bodies of work, and as the title suggests, these works highlight how each transfers their thoughts and inspirations into wearable objects. The exhibition also and more broadly investigates the transfer of skills, ideas and knowledge between mother and daughter and daughter to mother. A relationship you might describe as more complex, more fraught and also more rewarding than just that of mentor and mentee or teacher and student.
Aitken-Kuhnen and Kuhnen, explore the process of enamelling in highly skilled and experimental ways. The resulting work in this exhibition, mainly in the form of brooches and pendants, clearly demonstrates each artist’s proficiency as well as their deep and reverent passion for the ancient craft.
Both Aitken-Kuhnen and Kuhnen, look to the natural world around them for inspiration, interestingly Aitken-Kuhnen from the ground looking up and out, and Kuhnen from the skies down and across time. This shared appreciation but viewed from different perspectives is what allows for interesting intersections and conversations between the works and the artists.