Solo show at Blue Cedar Printworks Glastonbury

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Yes an opportunity to show the work that I have undertaken over the last 15 months learning printing processes @sandraporterstudio. It’s been a rewarding and sometimes step learning curve with enriching results.

some examples of my work both in the poster below and following

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Discovery and Planning ahead

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Some months ago I was cleaning the inside of my car, not a frequent occupation, and emptied the passenger side pocket and found a zinc printing plate I had last used on Art Foundation 4 years ago Birmingham City University, previously based at the wonderful Bournville. This discovery led forward and in a way backwards to a whole new area of drawing and therefore printing work at Sandra Porter’s studio http://www.sandraporter.com/ to transform the work I did previously from drawings of folks clearing the River Brue at Bruton last summer. Since I’d just completed that set the timing was both serendipitous and inspiring

So what now with plans for a solo exhibition at http://www.bluecedarprintworks.co.uk/ in Glastonbury, from, wait for it Friday September 13th! into mid October. I’m planning for the show mainly to be of print, with a couple of humorous and quirky drawings called chicken and the 2nd renamed by a friend’s granddaughter ‘the duck going down the river’.

 

more oppertunities to exhibit

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Frome Open Studios 2019

provided an opportunity at the right time to exhibit my own work in my own place along with fellow art graduate and mate, Jo Waterworth, ceramicist. We called ourselves Watermeadows combining 2 surnames. We realised half way through,  part of the affinity between our 2 areas of work  that we showed was rivers and mud! My series of etchings from drawings made from the dredging of the River Brue, Jo’s ceramic pots and masks had slip from Mendip mud, bonfires etc. I showed an equal amount of other work from my interest in emerging and disappearing figures and now including swans

Our 121 visitors showed engagement with our work, engaged us in conversation, and we had a few sales! very much appreciated! and further opportunitites

So onward with an exhibition for me at http://www.bluecedarprintworks.co.uk/ Glastonbury pv Friday 13th of September until mid October and thoughts of possible artist book on Clearing the River Brue

Onwards, 44AD and future

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It’s been a great formative experience to be part of the 44AD associates exhibition, both in terms of my own work receiving positive affirmation, and seeing and participating in the gallery with other artists, some of whom I know a little. The planned visit to RWA with Stuart Geddes will add to this.

Future plans as I continue to create new work, print,  collage and painting, the camaraderie of other artists is important to be process, particularly at Sandra Porter’s print studio. The  subject of my work continues to be  concerned with the allusion towards the  figure. Recently both male and female, in my drawings and prints of folks clearing the riverbed at Bruton.

This whole positive process has led into the decision, to become a  part of Frome Open studios, to be a venue for my own work and that of Jo Waterworth ceramic artist and poet . We’re going to be ‘WaterMeadows’. Watch this space!

Post for New Year 2019

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It is a number of months since I last posted on my blog. So much has happened during that time, I have been working on a whole new area work,  print and other new possibilities are opening up.  Print has been in the forefront of  discovery at Sandra Porter’s print studio,  being taught by Sandra and working and learning with my other supportive and creative colleagues. Such excitement and positivity.  My fascination that I’ve been creating over the past weeks, static prints  from speed drawings of folks clearing a river  chocked with weeds. One arena of growing confidence  has I am sure impacted  on other work too, as I work through possibilities for 2019, including association with community gallery 44AD in Bath.

 

Further life drawing opportunities locally of a pregnant model, have followed on from learning on a weekend course with Jake Spicer(Brighton Draw) at West Dean college and I’m looking into a further short course to further enhance my drawing skills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coda

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This  Graduate exhibition has run its course, its been a learning curve both showing my own work and dealing with the complexities of setting up a rota involving 35 participants!  All in the past now.  Near the end of the show   I was energised by the sale of my second of the Yellow moves painting to someone whose experience  of the Art world is much greater than mine.   This painting Yellow Move 2 was put together very shortly before our work was sent to London. it was not thought about or considered in advance it just came! In fact it was too late to be part of the exhibition and therefore was placed in the exhibition shop. The image came about from an image made of a model moving in a life drawing session, which I took into my series yellow move . I experienced  this sale  was a real compliment.

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Sold

 

Within the exhibition itself I hung ‘2 right feet’ based on the topic of bodily imperfection, and rerefered sometimes coordination issues something that I am familiar with, and issues surrounding ageing

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and yes I will go on, certainly with more work including more Yellow moves and hopefully in time more formal as well as informal study.

I also exhibited a photographic work, ‘Letting the Light in’ experimenting with twinning images this time on the far from white wall! Both of these works introduced I felt a spookiness IMG_0036.jpg

 

 

New York

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It’s  nearly 2 weeks since we returned from an amazing visit, that came out of the Blue. Friend Liz Smith had opportunity to sing as part of an international choir in Carnegie Hall, and her kind friends Revd’s Brenda Husson and Tom Faulkner offered accommodation to her and this unknown woman.

What an opportunity for me to see art! and the rest of New York.  Tom as a sculptor offered daily advice on planning what to see which was appreciated greatly. My own photos seem to be very much the outside of buildings. Sometimes I was so overcome by the site of a work that I recognised. This particularly included the Whitney where a compilation of American art gave me a context, and there was Alice Neel’s Pat Wheelan   union official and activist.

Pat Wheelan

Look at his hands. You know how it is when you see  something that is so real? so much to see in that exhibition and then also in the Whitney, ‘an incomplete history of protest 1940 to 2017, everything possible from Vietnam war protests, to Guerrilla girls, feminist action,  Aids epidemic, black rights.
All so individually important in the history of civil rights.

 

 

 

Then to Moma with my niece Amy Scragg who just happened to be in New York at the same time, obviously Van Gogh’s Starry, Starry Night, rediscovery of Louise Bourgeois for textile artist Amy, and discovery for me of photographer Stephen Shore     , this is beginning to sound like a travelog!

Then to PSI an addition to Moma, P1000076.jpgthe retrospective on Carolee Schneemann, ‘Kinetic Painting‘,  this extraordinary performance artist who used her own body to becoming the ‘image and image maker’10_Carolee Schneemann Eye Bodyand avant guard of the 60s 70 and 80s. Her film on making apple pie in the American meaning was quite  hilarious,with all its connotations /America.

A trip with so many more discoveries that are impossible and too long to list, lots about American history, conflict, emergence of civil rights so much more, and in the present situation wow!

and then music Carnegie Hall, wonderful concert, and a play with history comedy and music, Farinelli and the King- Philip 111 of Spain  madness eased by music, an actor and musician playing the part of the counter tenor by pairing and working symbiotically together.

 

Letting the light in!

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Dissertation submitted following a really  very interesting process, of reading and researching on how the contemporary artist deals with ageing and how that influences their emerging image. i looked at a range of artists including painter Mira Schor photographer Rosy Martin  and a performance artist Suzanne Lacy. 

I sense all i have done is begun a search and process as much for myself as the requirements of a degree.

I became aware of projects addressing the subject of how ageing women areare portrayed. including the representing ageing project set up in partnership with amongst others Sheffield university.

I continue working working on my own house and art space, including taking a window space out to let the light in, metaphoric! So I include this photograph of the light coming through the new window space as my own work of art in itself.