Tag Archives: Drawing

End of Year Show; Incisive Exhibition

 

My work explores concepts of time and communicating a sensory atmosphere of impermanence, of a transient moment that existed and now lingers as a memory. Using mediums of Graphite and Dry Point Etching, themes of Heritage, Journeys and generational links of the Family are manipulated to communicate how memory becomes projected and distorted.

drawing is central to my practice and I have been using parchment paper which allows me to layer up compositions and capture a sense of the transience of time. Through the semi-translucent material shadow imagery emerges as a visual representation of memory. A ghostly, melancholic feel is produced that processes a feeling of loss and grief.

The Language of drawing and mark making enables me to express something raw and immediate in my experience. I am interested in the use of drawing to respond to a site and explore how a space can be transformed through the immediacy and qualities of the media. On my last visit to my Grandparents house I became interested in how memory becomes projected and distorted. I have begun to explore this through the shadows cast inside and outside the house and the shapes formed by the buildings on my walk between my house and theirs.

Dry point Printing has become an extension of drawing and allowed me to play and experiment further with a sensory sensation. Repeating an image to create movement in the composition and fading ink, further explores the projection and distortion of shadow as a visual memory.

The Artpocket Postgrads had our end of year show at Anteros Arts Foundation in Norwich and was curated by our wonderful tutor, Becky Tough.

Illustrations for the Norwich Buddhist Centre

 

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.

Life Drawing in Berlin

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.

Spanish study trip with Artpocket

 

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.

Artpocket Postgrad

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/

 

Triratna Arts and Culture Catalogue: 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.’ 

Studio Space, new work and Open Studios ’15

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Dear Friends,

I had a little break from sending my quarterly newsletter over the winter as my Grandma passed away in February. I will greatly miss bringing her into my Artwork but very grateful for all the memories that she shared with me.

I am exciting to be communicating with you again and share my news with you. In November 2014 I moved into a new Studio Space based in Norwich on Bedford street, called the ‘Norwich Art Studios Project’. The project is owned by Tom Potter who also runs ‘Space Studios’ on Swan Lane. I have settled well into my new Studio Space and have been getting ready for this years Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios

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Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios

During this years Open Studios I will be exhibiting in Norwich at the Norwich Buddhist Centre in a group called ‘Art at the Norwich Buddhist Centre’. You are warmly invited to see how six Buddhist Artists are responding to contemporary issues and express themselves through their artwork. This exhibition will be a rich mixture of painting and photography and my Gesso Drawings.

We will be open 11am-5pm on 23rd,24th,25th,29th,30th,31st May and 5th,6th,7th June, with a private view on Friday 29th May 730-930pm.

For more details about the Artists please visit http://norwichbuddhistcentre.com/resources/openstudios2015/ or our listing on the Open Studios website http://www.nnopenstudios.org.uk/artists/details/761

I hope to see some of you there, Open Studios have been some of the highlights of my Artist career because it provides me with the opportunity to share and discuss my work with people first hand

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My Work

Memory is a selective and interpretive process, I notice this as I get older and reflect on the same memory, my interpretation of that memory changes over time. This interpretation of memory greatly influences my relationship with identity. As I loosen my relationship with memory from something that is fixed to a flowing and changing of a process, I realise that I see my identity as something that is fixed!

Recently I went to a literary evening with Jeanette Winterson and bought her memoir, ‘Why be happy when you could be normal’. I was struck by something that she said about in the 1970’s women were expected to write from experience and men were expected to write from imagination, and she thought, ‘Why can’t my writing be a bit of both’. This got me thinking about how my memories influence my identity. How can I loosen my relationship with my identity to see that it is fluid and changing. I photocopied my family photos and started to play around with creating new compositions. I have created two new drawings for Open Studios that consist of two existing photographs that I have spliced together to create a new composition. Two existing memories creating something new to explore the fluidity of identity.

I will be exhibiting this new series, ‘Memory as Identity’ alongside my original memory series and the Yatra Walking Series