It would be lovely to meet you at the new exhibition at blue-ginger Gallery (this Saturday, 20th May 2017, 10am – 4pm).
Exhibition: 10th May – 2nd July 2017
OUT OF THE QUIET PLACES
Three artists explore nature in print, paint and glass – with Annabelle Oppenheimer, Pippa Meddings and Rowan McOnegal. The images are created using different processes though all worked in layers, using expressive lines, marks, texture and colour.
I make intaglio (etching, drypint and collagraph) and relief prints (lino and woodcut) which I develop from drawings, paintings and different ideas, collections and notes in my sketchbooks. My subject matter is almost always natural form, be it landscape, trees or plant life. The steps involved in printmaking make it a very absorbing process with that time between idea and outcome holding ongoing surprises. Sometimes I make a print from more than one plate, for example combining collagraph and drypoint.’
Working experimentally in acrylics and watercolours, I try to capture the spirit of a plant through translucent glazes, loose expressive strokes and drawing back into the surface I have created to introduce detail. Some paintings also include still life elements: vintage vases and hints of treasured textiles, inviting the viewer to look more closely.
I currently work with glass and paint, and work into the surface with sandblasting after cutting and /or painting a resist onto ‘flashed’ glass. I have been studying building up paint in layers using different mediums such as oils and vinegar, and also plating layers of glass together – it is always a sensuous process, with the most exciting and creative results being those you didn’t expect! I enjoy the complexity and intrigue of overlapping layers of marks creating the story of the materials, and the subtle and poetic metaphors they create, as images become more, or less, visible. This latest work is informed by a recent study trip to Japan, and I was thinking of the layers used in traditional Japanese woodblock printing, which I hope to explore much more in the future.