️Ornaments of Prospect is a solo exhibition with collaborators Beau W Beakhouse and Sadia Pineda Hameed at Catalyst Arts.
The installation sets out to reimagine tool making and methods of metal production, and how this might lead to collective and alternative modes of communication, knowledge and craft.
Expanding on rural and agricultural use of tools, Ornaments of Prospect traverses alternative worlds of steel production and industrial backdrops of science-fiction to open a dialogue surrounding the complex and multiple approaches to tools, their manufacture and expanded use.
Through experiments in metalwork and heat treatment, the duo investigate the potential of waste and the speculative futures that can arise from skeletal cut outs rendered non-functional in the process of crafting tools. The work envisions the speculative tools and collaborations that can emerge from these spaces of absence, considering the new languages and actions that objects with an unknown function can unfold.
The exhibition was developed alongside Catalyst Arts co-director and curator Cecelia Graham, who has written a short text the consolation of carpenters in response.
Ornaments of Prospect runs until Saturday 1 April 2023. Catalyst Arts opening hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11-5pm.
Supported by Arts Council Northern Ireland and Jerwood New Work Fund.