Short Walk Osaka #3 with Light

light1.1All the time that I’ve been exploring ways to articulate the daily journey I took back in August, I’ve also been thinking about a particular gallery; it’s a small, windowless room. This presents opportunities to consider light sources on the artwork.  This is where I started; thinking again of inverting expectations; light coming from below rather than above.

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Short Walk Osaka #2 : Looping

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I’ve developed a practice which involves first creating units of material and then playing with the possibilities presented by them. Immediacy is important to try things out, so I use whatever is to hand to fix, join, suspend etc.

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#2 involved a tub of bulldog clips, some waxed twine and mapping pins to try out a single latex strip. Here I was looking at loops, thinking about the repetition of our daily journey.

Short Walk Osaka #1 : The Fold

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A Long time ago (last August) in a country far, far away (Japan) I spent some time collecting latex floor casts. I planted a dotted line from Atelier Outotsu  to Kusugawa train station, a well trodden daily path for us during our residency. The full extent of the collection was cut short by a visit from the police, who were not happy with my activity.  And so, I left Japan with 20 strips to explore back in the studio in Wales.

Over the winter months I began to consider what next, starting here. I was excited by the transformative effect of the latex; changing hard, unforgiving road surfaces into something soft and indulating. ‘Rippling the rigid’ was how Frances Woodley described this; the properties of ‘floorness’ inverted through this new relationship with rubber and the tempo and rhythm of folds.

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Criw Celf student project

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A major refurbishment of Penclawdd Health Centre was completed by Swansea Bay University Health Board in February 2020. As part of Criw Celf Raising the Bar programme, local Sixth Form Students created artwork especially for the waiting area. This Criw Celf programme was developed by Mission Gallery and funded by Arts Council Wales. Criw Celf offers young people a chance to learn new art skills alongside artists and industry professionals. The enamel panels are the result of this partnership between Swansea College of Art, UWTSD and Swansea Bay University Health Board.

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I delivered the project brief to the students, introduced the concept of art in health contexts and installed the students’ finished panels. The enamelling work was lead by artist & UWTSD Lecturer Catherine Brown and Technician Colin Telford. It was facilitated by Megan Leigh, Learning & Engagement Coordinator, Mission Gallery.

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Periodic Table – Exhibition OYB

 

 

‘The Periodic Table’ was an installation by Nigel Talbot who specialises in working with salvaged material. In this instance the materials were drawn from the University of South Wales’ sculpture workshop, which was being decommissioned. The exhibition takes a lead from the Italian writer and chemist Primo Levi, who uses the chemical elements as a metaphor for life experience and the human condition. Both the book and exhibition celebrate the magic of transforming base elements into new matter, fulfilling the ambition of the alchemists but not in the way they imagined. The exhibition included contributions from invited artists, staff, alumni and students of creative writing who were commissioned to respond in kind. October – December 2019.

Oriel Myrddin wire weekend

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In mid November I went to Oriel Myrddin for another workshop weekend, this time led by Julia Griffiths Jones.  Julia’s practice involves using wire techniques in response to stitched textiles, so this was the starting point for us all. I learned how to use the spot welder – such a brilliant piece of kit!

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Overnight I did some homework, making wire outlines of some of my pocket tissues and connected these together on the second day.  The potential for drawing in space or using wire in conjunction with pocket objects is apparent. All very interesting …..

and the diversity of responses by other participants was truly inspiring…

 

Thankyou Oriel Myrddin for this nourishing season – more please!

 

Oriel Myrddin Indigo weekend

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In early November I returned to Oriel Myrddin to attend a workshop on Indigo dying, another process with it’s origins in Japan.  I’ve approached each of these workshops with an interest in expanding my understanding of material processes that may be useful in my practice in the long term. This weekend led by Jeanette Orell was a lot of fun.

Just like printmaking, there was the big reveal as material was unpicked, unpacked and hung out to dry.

 

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