I’ve had the most amazing week helping Pete Bodenham put up the exhibition “Dan y Wyneb” (“Beneath the face”) at the National Eisteddfod in Llanelli. The exhibition has been influenced by and features the Reverend Towyn Jones.
Objects from Carmarthen Museum, Abergwili and others loaned by individuals have been paired with contemporary items
The philosophy behind the exhibition is that objects with a history have a power to tell the watcher their stories – “Objects contain absent people” (Julian Barnes)
The Myddfai cauldron exudes healing power it has held for centuries sits next to the Eli / Ointment box conveying the healing power of art.
Objects do not have to have the grand power of the cauldron as shown by Lyndon Davies’ collection of his great grandfather’s Red Cross medals.
The main room.
You may recognise All Washed Up’s collection of treasures reflecting the collection of Egyptian shards of Harold Jones.
Etruscan vases from the 19th and 21st centuries; Ray Church and Carmarthen Museum
Coleg Sir Gar’s iron furnace (?), keeping old industrial skills alive in Carmarthenshire.
Transitions not only in ideas, crafts, arts and histories but my own personal transition from “student” towards “artist”; I can almost say it now.