Catherine Betola / Karen Davies / Natalie Frost
BALTIC contributes significantly to The Enchanted Moment - a cluster of contemporary art exhibitions organised by VAF – Visual Arts Forum, North East. BALTIC has commissioned new work by three artists from the North East - Karen Davies, Natalie Frost and Catherine Bertola who have transformed the level 5 viewing box with site-specific work.
Natalie Frost’s series of candy-coloured posters reveal the experiences of new mothers whose ‘enchanted moment’ was not the positive one commonly promoted. Catherine Bertola’s delicate designs will creep across the floor of Level 5 and are enlarged details of patterns from mass manufactured lace and templates used in hand making bobbin lace, contrasting the traditional and contemporary aspects of this fabric. Karen Davies has created a series of new drawings of British birds to introduce the idea of height and flight to the majestic Level 5 viewing box, and bring an element of nature to the architectural space of BALTIC.
This presentation of Ant Macari’s work is expansive and involving, presenting new visual challenges to us in and around the gallery that reaches beyond the conventional art exhibition.