Caddis, Crystal & Company

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Caddis fly larva courtesy of The Art Room

I’d like to introduce you all to my friend and fellow Norwich blogger Ms Framboise. Because I’ve been so busy of late, she has been kind enough to provide today’s blog. Enjoy 🙂

Last Friday, as I was confessing to Lucy that I should get into writing more, she kindly offered to publish a guest post on her blog. So, when I went to Norwich Castle Museum to see the Hubert Duprat exhibition the following day, I didn’t really have an excuse not to write: I had a wonderful time, right in the city centre!

Hubert Duprat is a French artist who creates sculptures and installations inspired by nature or artefacts, blurring the frontiers between natural and man-made, precious and mass-produced, art and manufacture.

His first UK solo exhibition is being hosted at the Castle Museum and runs until 29th August. Despite only a few pieces being featured, much time can be spent in the three rooms dedicated to the artist. The collection is extremely varied, using materials such as PVC, coral, flint, gold or magnetite, and is inspired by pre-historic sculptures, shadow puppetry, the human body and many more.

Two pieces especially caught my eye – funnily the two smallest in the exhibition – a delicate interlacing of red coral branches and little balls of bread, and the marvellous tiny gold cases produced by caddis larvae (above). In both cases, Duprat used nature as the base of the work, but interfering and adding his own elements. As a result both pieces are exquisite, intricate, and fascinating.

I won’t reveal anything else about the gold cases – seeing the little larvae at work is just captivating – and the video at the end of the exhibition is well worth watching.

Tickets are cheap, but the exhibition is only going to be here for a few more days, so grab a moment and pop to the Castle Museum!

Tickets to the exhibition only are £3.50 (£6.60 for access to the whole museum) and you can even get in for £1 at 4pm, one hour before the museum closes.

If you want to find out more before you go, a rare interview of the artist is available here.

If you would like to read more from Ms Framboise, stop by at her blog.

Lucy

Hi, I'm Lucy. I've lived in Norfolk since 2001 and in that time I've grown to love this fine county. From the city of Norwich, to the countryside villages and sweeping coastline, there's so much to explore and hope to share my experiences with you here.

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