‘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.
A Bleak Empty Future? Or a positive light at the end of the tunnel?
Currently being Exhibited at the Bickely Restaurant in Chislehurst from the 4th May!
I will be Exhibiting work at Persona Arts Festival along side other Emerging and Established Artists.
The Rag Factory, 16 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ 4th – 8th May
Group Exhibition of Artists Catherine Ward, Peter Askem, Hilldred Harman, Mary Thatcher and Ben Payne showing work at the Dancing Goat Cafe in Fakenham, Norfolk.
The Exhibition will run from March 30th until May 24th. Open Monday – Saturday 10-5
Come along and enjoy some Art and the lovely food and drink at the Dancing Goat.
Working with the themes of Light, Beauty and Rebirth I created my painting focusing on Rebirth. I researched Buddhism, finding that the stone Turquoise is important symbol for daily spiritual and religious life of a devout Buddhist. Henna is also practiced within Buddhism, the Dragon Fly being a symbol of Rebirth. For my painting I combined these two elements. The background representing the Turquoise Stone and the Henna painted to represent the cracks of the stone. The Henna design has been influenced by the Dragon Fly.
‘Catherine researches her projects so well, and uses what she finds to influence her work. Its like an extra touch that shows her thought and understanding’.
My Painting will be exhibited along side other Fine Artists at ‘Nouvelle Lumière’ (New Light) at the Blickley, Chislehurst April 6th 2011 6.30 – 8 pm. The first in a series of Exhibitions curated by Claire Meadows of Liquid Gallery. Tickets £10 which includes a drink on arrival, canapés and an exhibition pack. Call the Bickley on 020 84687613