Talks, Lectures and Events

My Cat Knows What I'm Thinking – Artist's Talk

21 April 2017

Time: 6.30-7.30pm

Price: Free

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Eric Great-Rex will be joined by Dr Lesley Logue  an artist, academic, colleague and friend. Together they will talk about the ideas and inspirations behind Great-Rex's upcoming exhibition, My Cat Knows What I'm Thinking. Come and hear the stories behind his work!

My Cat Knows What I’m Thinking is a solo exhibition by London based artist Dr Eric Great-Rex. The exhibition consists of nineteen handmade ceramic plates plus four stone lithographic editions that have been published by Edinburgh Printmakers. Great-Rex and EP have also collaborated on a multiple commemorative ceramic plaque in celebration of EPs fiftieth anniversary.

Great-Rex has been involved with a diverse range of printmaking media and practices for over forty years and has been working with ceramics for the last fifteen. This exhibition at EP is the first time he has shown prints and ceramics together. His work in both mediums draws on folk, outsider art and domestic commemorative wares and samplers. He also employs similar strategies when drawing onto clay or stone. He uses scraffito techniques to carve into the surface of the clay while his prints are realised by drawing with tusche and crayon before
erasing and scratching back into the surface of the stone to reveal the image.

The title for this exhibition comes from Great-Rex talking to his cat about his day, what worked, what worried him or what he found funny. How we use objects or animals to process our inner thoughts can be both humorous and insightful. Eric says: 'My plates could sit on mantelpieces or tabletops, nestled among household collections of knick-knacks and memorabilia. I am interested in how we venerate our daily lives and how we talk to ourselves in order to make sense and give meaning to our experiences.'

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