I have recently been commissioned by the Norwich Buddhist Centre to produce some illustrations for new postcard advertisement for their Buddhism, Yoga and Meditation Classes.
As a member of the Buddhist Community at the NBC, I love the feeling of walking through their doors into an open, warm and peaceful space. I have tried to capture this essence in my drawings.
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In May I went on a Drawing Holiday to Berlin with Drawing Escapes , led by the wonderful and experienced Tutor Martyn Blundell. Martyn has a wealth of experience in leading drawing workshops from his career in lecturing at many different Universities including Central St Martins and Nottingham Trent.
Drawing on holiday in a new environment was an exciting and challenging experience. I was more sensitive and open to new sights, sensations and sounds that translated into my drawing with a heightened curiosity to the human form. Inspired by the architecture of Berlin I was interested in line and form within my drawing. I was introduced to new approaches to looking and drawing that has translated into my artistic practice with how I respond to capturing light.
I discovered new Artworks at the Magic Bean Gallery from Artist Seungmo Park. His work is engaged with the evanescent properties of seeing and sensing, and the transitory nature of perception.
I was very moved visiting Berlin, with its rich and poignant history. The arresting sculpture that marks where the Berlin Wall stood, and the coffin like concrete of the memorial to the murdered Jews. The simplicity and rawness of the material gives voice to the harrowing echoes of the past.
Feeling into the unknown is a common sensation for an Artist. Communicating a felt expression for something that cant be put into words. When I travel abroad, to a new or unfamiliar place, this feeling of something unknown that I so often explore in my work is suddenly all around me; new places, smells, sounds. It feeds me with a rich, creative, revitalising energy.
I went to Salamanca and Madrid in April with the Artpocket community. One of the Museums we visted was the DA2 Salamancan Museum of Modern Art. I was struck by the work of Daniel Verbis – Memoria 90Y2. Circles, all connecting with different sized gaps. Nails with linking strings, showing the mapping of Memory. It has helped me to reflect on my own relationship with memory. The gaps between the present and the past.
I’m currently making drawings on parchment paper using images from family photographs and placing the paper in the window from the room the photograph was taken. When the sunlight shrines through, it feels a movement passes between past and present, illuminating the time gap and bringing the figures to life.
In September 2017, I started studying a Postgraduate Programme in Creative Practice with Artpocket UK, an independant Art School based in Norwich. The course is run by tutor Becky Tough who previously taught at Norwich City College. These images above are work I have created in the first term, using Collage and pencil rubbing, and exhibited in December for Artpocket’s Winter Exhibition. We made work inspired by the film, ‘All about my Mother’, by director Pedro Almodova. My work explores a narrative about the adoption of my Mother, with a sense of a missing story, and how she created her own story when she had her own family.
To find out more about Artpocket and the courses they run; http://artpocketuk.weebly.com/
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My work published in Triratna Arts and Culture Catalague: 2017
This year I am very pleased to have my work published in the Triratna Arts and Culture Catalogue: 2017
‘The Triratna Arts and Culture Catalogue is an initiative that aims to bring a broad selection of work in all artistic disciplines into contact with the wider Triratna Buddhist community. It hopes to shed light on the process of creating a Buddhist culture and society that is relevant and accessible to modern people.’