Stone’s Throw (Tafliad Carreg)
Solo exhibition at PSM
July - August 2022
) was a solo exhibition by Manon Awst at PSM, Berlin presenting new sculptural assemblages exploring the material dynamics of leisure and tourism. Living on the coast of North Wales, the artist is familiar with the traffic of people and things that holiday season entails – folding chairs and sleeping bags, inflatables and disposable barbecues, sand and stickiness mixed with favourite playlists. Her interest lies in the way these materials stick to the landscape long after the holidays are over creating strange strata of infrastructure and meaning.
The main actors in this show are stones. They are mainly limestones from Anglesey, where Manon grew up. This island and the wider North Wales coast are a magnet for tourists, who flock to the area to hike, climb, camp, swim, sail… activities which bring with them a whole load of cultural and material baggage, which she incorporates into her sculptural work.
Some stones have their cores removed and filled with inflatables; others are left alone. They are replicated in different forms throughout the exhibition and mixed in with playful material narratives.
Narratives around habitat, tradition, spirituality, adventure, tourism, and sustainability are woven into the materiality of all the pieces in the exhibition. Although playfully performative, we can sense darker undertones where plastics and rocks, landscapes and bodies merge into something quite unpredictable and unstable.