I hope you are all enjoying the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle and are keeping warm during these frosty late-autumn days.
The first ‘German Talk’ of 2023 will be on Wednesday, 25th January, at 5.30pm.
In addition to my usual introduction talk, Paul Croft – printmaker, lecturer at the School of Art and curator of this exhibition – has very kindly offered to give a demonstration (in English) in the printmaking area of the school. This will give you a greater insight into how a lithograph is actually created.
Have a lovely Christmas and a good start into 2023!
This exhibition is my response to visiting Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli) and spending time on the site of the 6th century monastery built by Celtic Christian monks. Using archaeology as a metaphor for my fine art practice, I aim to make artworks that enable viewers to consider their own personal ‘spiritual archaeology’. I use the simplest and most universal of marks – the vertical line and the circle – seeking to give visual form to the invisible. The viewer is then invited to ‘excavate’ these artworks, and find through them an evocation of the passage of time which, while hinting at prehistory, nevertheless speaks to their contemporary world.
This exhibition explores the creative relationship between stitch, sound and word through the prism of my experiences of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. It bears witness to my sorrow at the suffering of the conflict and desire for the peace gained to hold and be expanded on. A nurse’s cape and artworks hand-stitched on linen, interspersed with poems, tell out the stories. A looped sound-track, Fusion, voices how thread pulled through fabrics replicates the sound of the bombings, my voice telling out the ensuing confusion and reflections on the theme in tone and poetry.
Our postgraduates are extremely proud to be able to present their exhibition to the public this autumn, given the difficult circumstances they had to work under due to the Covid-19 pandemic. They certainly deserve a huge ‘Congratulations!’.