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’.
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
Back at Bath Spa again for the final part of my 3rd year of the Fine Art degree.
A dissertation to write and a presentation & new website to construct for Professional Practice.
Had a very art based weekend,
Friday at Frieze Art Show
Saturday morning stewarding at Black Swan Gallery in my nearly new home town of Frome. the amazing show by Gladys Paulus is just so evocative I will continue to tell everyone about. felt costume images of her family history
Saturday evening at the PV for Wells contemporary art show WAC entitled Rewind Its basically a review of the recent winners of the competition following the death of Kate Noble who was a leader in its inception.
Where will my own art work feature in what I am doing as the Studio practice element of the degree is now complete.
To some extent there is a relief that I can just take sometime to consolidate without having to constantly put everything out there for scrutiny
Well practically all I have done re my own work is begun to create a new white base layer on a collage I completed sometime ago. and from here?
I have found this exhibition of Louise’s work really encouraging,and evocative, prints botanical and humanity, textiles and sculpture addressing the psychological, made in the later part of her life ie 80s and 90s! and working through her life and experiences as she always did. The wording alongside the printed image above’ I’m losing my mind, my feeling, the keys’ ( yes I know that experience). I went to a seminar there yesterday which looked at Louise in her context of becoming famous in her 70s when she was known and worked with well known others decades before.The position of women artists historically, and the reality of it being an issue still. An argument for the end to a chronological approach. Reflecting quite a lot of attention on current printmaking and artists books with subversive message and meaning. Often Women artists publishing them now. Hope? or as there was discussion still an appropriate theme? A young student responded yes we still need these issues raising as we know they are still current
Much of my time devoted to the unpacking chore and making a new homehard work that is every now and again exciting. A back garden with a blank sheet, but a strawberry bed at the side.
university virtually finished for the year, one optional tutorial tomorrow.
the decision that the top floor is a studio in the making, which is what attracted me to this house and the potential of Frome for artist in the making;this has all happened later on for me.
This drawing of a differnt subject than usual bodies, came about on a lovely day spent with Irene at Timsbury on pastel workshop with Caroline Kibble. Lots of advice re paper which I shall find particularly useful. We all created very different images.
I have spend much of today at the main site of Bathspa university at an enormous video screen. This is where there is a live link up with a memorial walk that is taking place between Belsen and the work camp which Ester Bruenstein survived. Her daughter Lorna is taking part in the walk. A replication of the walk has already taken place in Somerset last year led by Lorna and Richard White who makes walking his art practice #forced walks #walknow.
This walk is taking on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Belsen concentration camp
forced walks website
How did I come to be here, well interest and concern is one reason, I came cross Richard’s practice through the Richard Long masterclass in November, work building on IT skills is another, and hoping to be able to add whatever’s possible from my experience of engaging with the public and the sound clips we got to work through my phone do seem to make it less likely for people to walk past without engaging