Through the inaugural Jackson Tang Ceramic Award, the Contemporary Art Society has acquired three large-scale pieces from Chiara Camoni’s series Sisters for Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. This is the first acquisition of Camoni’s work by a UK museum.
Sister 1, Sister 3, and Sister 4 are clay forms, each supporting several multi-coloured candles. Over time the coloured wax builds up on and around each work as the candles burn. The works are currently on show at MIMA (8th January 2019 – 10th February 2019). People from local communities are invited to light the candles each day during the exhibition period, thus activating the work and creating a special, shared moment. The work also acts as a way of marking the new year whilst acknowledging ancient and modern traditions and rituals around light in the wintertime.