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’.
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.
A last minute entry to this exhibition, somewhat quirky. It needed to be the size of an LP record. So I reappropriate a piece of my own work, update it, add some seasonal sparkle. A tad lazy. But would you expect otherwise? Outside the frame. So Katie whose curating looks at it as such. Now it’s received a new name, thanks to #LenFour-o at http://www.44ad.net/ 44AD; renamed Howard the Owl, remembering Howard Hodgkin!
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
I went to this talk at the Royal Academy on Friday, so glad as it dealt with so much that is relevant to me and what I am looking about. Focused on a painting of La Vecchia seen at an exhibition of Renaissance art by Giogione. I find this picture of the painting from the Guardian engaging as a young woman looking and pondering on the image. The discussion by panel; Lynne Segal professor of gender studies, Borgia author Sarah Dunant, Aileen Ribeiro prof from the Courtald institute and Dr Hannah Zeilig expert on cultural representation of aging. Wow a real discussion on something that is so relevant to what I am trying to do. Sarah Dunant and Aileen put in context discussed how unusual La Vecchia was, in an age of witch trials, and how sympathetically displayed more a representation with a message than a person . Shown a variety of images of older women, not a great many to choose from. Today when there are more people over 60 than under 16? Age is decline, are age and beauty diametrically opposed? The reality that time does destroy the vestiges of beauty. Men in power appear ‘beautiful’ and strong at all ages. Old age itself is feminized. Erotic images of women are never portrayed sympathetically.
This felt the beginning of a discussion, at the encouragement of the person I was sitting next to I got involved in a discussion with Lynne Segal about this, lots of agreement there but encouraging to get involved in a dialogue about my reaction and also talked to Kube a black woman whose concern about the lack of inclusion of a black women resonated
Fascinating time with other students and Clare Woods artists, the results behave meant great changes to my work but more anon as I work the results through