Exhibition: Age of Enlightenment: Wood engravings of Hilary Paynter: Riverside Gallery, Devon Guild of Craftsmen. 19th June 2016 

http://www.crafts.org.uk/Events-(1)/Exhibition-Hilary-Paynter-Age-of-Enlightenment.aspx

This exhibition explores the theme age and ageing. Notes attached.

Although the artist’s work is largely illustrative it was useful to look at her wood engravings and also how she has approached the subject. Some prints I found particularly moving like “Old School Reunion” which showed images of classmates drawn from photos with crosses over the ones who have since passed away.

Also in the print: “A piece is missing” which detailed an image of a woman with a jigsaw piece removed where the brain is located -referencing the effects of dementia/ Alzymers.

She also focussed on the brighter side of ageing in her biker and “Glad to Be Grey” series which were much more light-hearted and showed the artist’s sense of humour.

I did come away thinking I would like to try the technique but after investigating the cost of the fine tools and boxwood needed I thought against it. 

Interrogating Landcape, Materials & the Figure- Dorset Visual Arts: Exhibition and Talk. 4th June 2016

Dorset visual arts is a not for profit charity which has 500 artist members within Dorset. They run a number of projects designed to aid networking and collaboration for their members. As part of Dorset Art weeks they held exhibition and talk at Bridport Arts centre. I decided to go along to find out more about the work of practising artists in the area.

I made notes from the afternoon in my small sketchbook (attached)

One artist that I particularly want to mention is Katy Shepherd, who works with ideas around loss and memory, which are themes that have started to arise in my own work. 

The drawings she had on display were Ines she carried out on the 20th anniversary of her mother’s death. She used no photographic references for these works. She described the whole process which she said was not easy both emotionally and technically.

She drew her as she remembered her the last time she saw her. She said she is not sure she managed to draw her at all; that she was struggling through the journey of trying to remember her as she was.

Obviously I cannot comment on whether she managed to achieve a likeness but I found the portraits remarkable in their execution. The marks were sensitively drawn reflective of the poignancy of the process the artist was undertaking.

Katy also showed an animation called “Harbour”, which she produced at college in 1999. A clip of this work can be found here: http://katyshepherd.co.uk/animations/harbour/

She explained that this was one of a series of works animating family photos- an attempt to bring the moment back to life. She explained her process that it took ages- that it is a laborious thing trying to bring a still image back to life.

I felt a particular affinity to Katy’s work as the themes she explores resonate strongly in me. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this afternoon. It makes me realise how many wonderful artists live locally and has made me think that I will join the group upon graduation, when I am completely aware of my own voice and have confidence in my own artistic practice. It is an exciting prospect.

Exhibition: “Flock Together”. Visited 15.10.2015

This exhibition was held at Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Axminster. The show was a culmination of two years work for the artists: Sara Dudman and Debbie Locke, RWA.

The introduction for the exhibition explains:
“Flock Together” attempts to capture the working relationship between a farmer, his sheep and his dogs. The artists’ collaboration reinterprets webcam footage and GPS data to depict this interaction through sequential layering of painterly gestures and precise, machine-drawn lines. Continue reading