'Artists are gnostics, and practise what the priests think is long forgotten.' - Hugo Ball

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Exhibition Extra

© Sue Wookey
The Purple poppy Gallery.

Well, the exhibition is over and it's gone very well indeed. I've really enjoyed sharing the venue with Steph, Emily and Adele, the other three artists, and I think we all had a wonderful time! I especially enjoyed my day manning the exhibit and talking to all the visitors about all the art on display. I think the combination of watercolour (me), mosaic (Emily Wilde), crochet (Steph Phillips) and mixed media (Adele Vallance) made for a very interesting and varied exhibit and I had a lot of positive feedback about all the work. I do it again like a shot! I'm very glad I invested in a giclee printer as prints have proved very popular and it's a great way to have some affordable art. The cards also went down a storm!

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My work on the right with Steph's crochet work in the corner.

Everyone was fascinated by Steph's work. I think it was a shock to most visitors how beautiful and inventive crochet can be - especially the delicate metal crocheted jewellery. A lot of the work was very knubbly and three dimensional and people got very touchy feely with it, tracing the shells and starfish on the bags.

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Some more of my paintings with Emily's mosaic work on the right.

The trouble with manning the exhibition for the day is that I started to get so attached to some of the items there that I could have blown any profits just buying stuff. I think Emily's mosaic in the middle of the photo would look fabulous in my bathroom but I had to keep reminding myself that I was there to SELL. But it would look fabulous...

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Adele's mixed media in the background and my prints under the window.

You can see some of Adele's work in the photo above. Adele sees the accretion of paint and debris on studio floors and tables as abstracts which show the passage of time affecting the surface of physical objects. She lifts these surfaces using very strong PVA glue and her series of 4 pictures were successive liftings from one area, getting lighter and lighter as there was less surface left to come away. It was interesting seeing people spotting the traces of ring marks and scratches on the surface and realising the random way in which they'd come together to form a design.

Thanks to Steph, Emily, Adele and Gallery owner Myra for a really fun four days!

Friday, 19 June 2009

The exhibition at the Purple Poppy Gallery is finally up and running and I've discovered one of my fellow artists is also a fellow blogger. You can read her report about our rather exhausting hanging (I'll know just how much work is really is next time) over here on her blog Hook and Scrumble, and see some of her inspired crochet work. It's come a long way since my mum used to do doillies. I urge you to take a look and see how inventive it can really be!

I shall be covering the exhibition on Sunday and I'm really looking forward to it. Maybe I'll actually remember to take my camera this time and give you some photos!