I had a wonderful couple of days exhibiting at ‘Turn The Page’ Artist’s Book Fair alongside local, national and international Artists. It was a truly inspiring exhibition pushing the boundaries and form of the book. I exhibited a memory room installation containing ‘memory drawings’ on a Gesso surface that were centred around the written memory that I bound into books. Turn The Page provided me with a unique opportunity to interact and discuss my work with the public.
‘Catherine’s New Outfit
We were on our way to the Summer Fun Fair, after taking this photograph. I had just bought Catherine a new summer dress and took her photo because she felt very special dressed up to go to the fair.
Catherine had a lovely afternoon going on all the rides, her favourite being the tea cups, which she went on more than once.
We had almost run out of money, and we knew Catherine wouldn’t want to come home, so we bribed her with with an Ice Cream so she wouldn’t scream all the way home.
Hooray it worked!’
I am very excited to be exhibiting again at Turn The Page Artists Book Fair 2013, and will be developing my concepts of memory further in this years exhibition. Last year I exhibited a series of work where I drew personal memories in a line drawing into a gesso’ed surface that I covered in graphite and asked my parents to erase. By revealing the lined image this triggered a memory of their own that I typed up and bound into a book. Reading Susan Sontag’s book; ‘Theory of Photography’, I became interested in why we take photographs of ourselves as a proof of existence, a self-preservation of making an imprint on the world and not being forgotten.The idea was to portray my life in a series of snapshots but through someone else’s perspective to link back to the ‘theory of photography’ and showing my own fears of being forgotten and wanting to leave an imprint on the world.
In this years exhibition I will be creating a room installation, with Gesso memory drawings hung on the walls to represent photographs in a home. We take photographs to display in our homes, so I want to take my work into this original setting. These drawings will be representing my relationship to impermanence showing a self-preservation of making an imprint on the world and not being forgotten. I feel that there is a part of me that is not impermanent and by myself removing part of the surface it shows this fragility. There will be memory books propped up on a book shelf, that will include a memory from my parents and grandparents, with each book relating to a drawing on the wall, that will include written memories triggered by the image.
The memory drawings are created by working from an existing photograph, but I haven’t included myself in the drawings. I want to leave them open to interpretation by the audience as if it could be their own memories, I will provide a chair to encourage the audience into the room space to sit down and read the memory books while taking in the drawings. The audience completes the work and concept by coming into the space and projecting their own imagination into what could be happening in the memory drawings, which provokes their own relationship to memory and impermanence.
TTP13 will be happening on the 3rd and 4th May at the Forum in Norwich, I hope to see you there.
Making Space Art Exhibition – St Gregory’s Centre for the Arts, Norwich – Private view 16th April 6pm – 10.30pm and 12-6pm 17th – 21st April.
Open Studios Central Taster Exhibition – The Forum Norwich – Private View 23rd April – Exhibitions ongoing til 26th April
Turn the Page Artists Book Fair – The Forum Norwich – 4th – 5th May
Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios – Garage Studio, 12 Waveney Close Wells – 26th May – 10th June
I will be showing a new painting in the next Making Space Exhibtion in the Unthanks Arms Norwich.
Its a lovely space, upstairs above the bar. Its going to be a great exhibition, show casing contemporary work from a variety of Norfolk Creatives.
7th, 8th, 9th November 6-9pm
The Unthanks Arms
149 Newmarket Street
Today I took part in the wonderful Greyfriars Art Space Festival in King Lynn, which included lots of Art stalls, live music and poetry readings.
I showcased a new mixed media piece that had a social, environmental context. The pressed flowers are fragile and the laminate protects them. Linking them expresses how we all need to come together to protect our world.
I will be developing this installation further, so watch this space.
I have been working on a new painting series, an experimental project, to help me approach making art in a different way. I usually make work and title them afterwards. Here I have used song titles as the names of the paintings as a starting point to inspire what the pieces will be about.
To see the paintings individually with their titles, please go to the Paintings page above.
These paintings will be exhibited with Artist group ‘Making Space’ at EPIC Studios on 114 Magdalen Street, Norwich, until October 2011.
I have created this Sculpture as part of an environmental project called ‘TRASH UP’. Artists from all over the world are creating art from the Trash that is washed up on our beaches to bring awareness of littering along our coastlines. I wanted to use the material I collected from the beach to create something for use again on the beach, this is the Trash Blanket, rubbish that is now useful. The Project is being undertaken in Sandefjord, Norway and I am participating Internationally. My Sculpture will be exhibited along side other artists work at the local art gallery Sandefjord Kunstforening from 25th June – 31st July 2011. Photographs taken at Wells-Next-The-Sea Beach in Norfolk, UK.