The title of this exhibition comes from the 1972 song ‘Why Can’t We Live Together’ written by American soul singer, Timmy Thomas and later recorded by Sade on her 1984 debut album, ‘Diamond Life’. The lyrics include ‘Everybody wants to live together, Why Can’t We Live Together’ addressing a time of global conflict and racial tensions which again resonate today. As makers, it also made us think about how we live with objects in our everyday life.
‘Everybody Wants To Live Together‘ brings together the makers of the Ceramic group, Kil.n.it based on Gadigal Land, (Glebe, Sydney). The studio includes designers, artists and creators, offering space both for established artists and emerging ceramic graduates in an open-minded, experimental and supportive environment. This means we make a wide range of ceramic objects from table ware to installation art.
Objects when arranged, talk to each other. A bowl will interacts with a mug; a figure stands in front of a plate landscape. We interact with ceramic objects everyday in our homes and work places, whether it is a coffee cup or a bathroom sink. Ceramics’ ubiquity is often not recognised, but we do live together and these objects live with us. At Kil.n.it, we aim to push the idea of clay as a material for object and art making. Clay’s power in pulling people together through community studios, classes and membership is expansive, inclusive and allows tactile, hand, eye and brain connections, missing in much of today’s activity. We can all be connected.
Works by: Adrienne Richards, Beanie Aldrett Fleming, Charlie Komsic, Dani River King, Ebony Russel, Elaine Kim, Elizabeth Lewis, Ellen Bagge, Jan Downes, Jayanto Tan, Joseph Turrin, Kate Robinson, Kelly Brown, Kristen Radge, Rachel McCallum, Rina Bernabei, Sassy Park, Sebastian Conti and Vivienne Hill