Home is Where the Art is

The domestic space is, for most, a place of sanctity, homeliness and comfort. Subverting this idea is the artist Carol McNicoll, who uses domestic objects as a medium through which to ‘rant…about the issues that both annoy and amuse me.’

Jacqueline Poncelet, from the 'Bryn Ogwyr' series, gouache on cartridge paper (2011)

Source: © Carol McNicoll courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery

Carol McNicoll, ’Cup’, ceramic (2011)

McNicoll is one of three artists exhibiting in the Ideal Home exhibition opening this week at London’s Marsden Woo gallery. McNicoll, Jacqueline Poncelet and Sam Scott will use the gallery space to create their own version of the domestic space, re -imagining domestic objects  and home products in their own personal ways.

Jacqueline Poncelet, from the 'Bryn Ogwyr' series, gouache on cartridge paper (2011)

Source: © Carol McNicoll courtesy of Marsden Woo Gallery

Carol McNicoll, untitled, ceramic and found object (2011)

Ceramicist McNicoll creates sculptures as domestic objects that also act as pieces of social commentary. She says, ‘For me the home is both the most demanding and the most exciting environment in which to place work.’

Little ceramic soldiers act as a comment on the British Army’s use in international conflict, creating a Plath-like juxtaposition of conflict and comfort within the domestic sphere.

Jacqueline Poncelet, from the 'Bryn Ogwyr' series, gouache on cartridge paper (2011)

Source: © Jacqueline Poncelet

Jacqueline Poncelet, from the ’Bryn Ogwyr’ series, gouache on cartridge paper (2011)

Poncelet’s work looks at the idea of the subconscious within  the home, and the exhibition will display her abstract paintings, created as a response to the surrounding of her home.

Jacqueline Poncelet, from the 'Bryn Ogwyr' series, gouache on cartridge paper (2011)

Source: © Jacqueline Poncelet

Jacqueline Poncelet, from the ’Bryn Ogwyr’ series, gouache on cartridge paper (2011)

Meanwhile, Scott creates home products from recycled found materials, influenced by designers including Dutch furniture designer Piet Hein Eek. He says, ‘I really like the idea of using a set form or design, whilst also allowing the choice of found materials to inform a product’s development…allowing the design to ultimately mutate into something entirely and radically different.’

Jacqueline Poncelet, from the 'Bryn Ogwyr' series, gouache on cartridge paper (2011)

Source: © Sam Scott

Sam Scott, chest of drawers detail (2011)

Ideal Home runs from 3 November – 22 December at Marsden Woo Gallery, 17-18 Great Sutton Street, London EC1C

Jacqueline Poncelet, from the 'Bryn Ogwyr' series, gouache on cartridge paper (2011)

Source: © Sam Scott

Sam Scott, table top detail (2011)

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