Tag Archives: Memory

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/

 

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

Turn The Page 2013

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.