I was absolutely delighted to find out I was one of the finalists and invited to take part in the show. The private view was held on Friday night and was a wonderful evening. The atmosphere was amazing with such a great turn out and a huge variety of art work on display.
During the evening I was truly honoured to find out my work was on the cover for the exhibition brochure. It was a wonderful surprise and really interesting to see how well the images work in a book format.
During the exhibition, members of the public are encouraged to vote for an artist; the artist with the most votes from public and judging panel is named Surrey Artist of the Year 2018. The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday 10am to 5pm. Voting is done in person at the gallery. Please do go along, It is an excellent exhibition and a great way to show support for local and independent artists.
You can view all the finalists art work in the exhibition here.
It is a beautiful gallery and well worth a visit. Voting continues for the next few weeks, the SAOY is announced on the 12th October and the exhibition runs until the 3rd November.
I get asked a lot what I do and how I create my work. Trying to explain to people often leaves them confused and baffled so I will try and explain a little about how I created my work and some of my processes.
My main project Passage was started during my MA studies. All the original images were made up of layers of paper, photographed from pages in a collection of old books and rusty metal. Photographing everything individually, against a white background so I can isolate it, remove the background and blend it into the image.
Bringing all of the images into photoshop and working in layers, changing the opacity to blend layers together, pushing somethings back so they are hardly visible. I particularly do this with text to distort the translation, I sometimes leave one or two words legible and remove or fade the rest away. This is how I build up the image, layer by layer to create the illusion of a landscape.
I also create my own textures using rust, tea, salt and paint. I photograph or scan them into my computer. This adds depth, dimension and interesting textures to my work.
The open landscape, devoid of physical beings but with the traces of their existence etched upon the surface is what fascinates me. It is with this in mind that directs my work. Creating a world that is made up of physical objects that have travelled through time, had a use, purpose or personal value to someone at some point.
For example, the wheel. It came from a wheelbarrow and I found it in a scrap yard. Who owned it? What was it used for? Where was it used? How many people owned it? So many questions from one object.
The books have there own story as within them are inscription, letters, photographs, scraps of paper and stains. All these things trace back to a life once lived. I photograph everything. It is like collecting forensic evidence of the past then using it to create an new picture.
Art is a continuous journey of discovery for both artist and observer. Opening your eyes and mind, you may find that what you were looking at is not the same as what you were seeing.
Wow what an amazing few weeks the Surrey Artists Open Studios was.
I am sorry it has taken so long to say a huge thank you to all that visited me and all the wonderful support for me and my work. Thank you so very much.
Taking part was an amazing experience and really got me focused on my art work. I met some wonderful people many whom had traveled some distance to see me, even from Australia. The local artists that I met and formed a trail with were such an inspiration and so helpful to me. It was my first year taking part so many thanks to them, Maria,Martin, Juliette,Claire and Suzanne.
I am so looking forward to doing it all again next year.
The Guildford Fringe Exhibition is currently on in the White Lion Walk in Guildford. Open daily until 29th July.
Printing, signing, mounting, framing, sorting and cleaning out my studio. I feel like I am back at Uni with a huge project to hand in….. 4 weeks to go till launch date…. Really trying not to stress out too much but it does get overwhelming at times……Time to take the dogs out for a walk…….. and just remember to breathe……..
This year I am taking part in SAOS. My studio along with 100s of other artists living in Surrey and surrounding areas will be opening their studios to the public. There is a huge variety of artists work to see including paintings, sculpture, pottery, glass, jewellery and photography.
My studio will be open on 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 14th, 15th,1 6th and 17th June. 11am to 5pm and Thursday evening 6pm to 8.30pm.
I will have a wide variety of work on show and for sale in my studio with the opportunity for you to talk to me about my work and processes.
This is a really exciting busy time. I hope you will take the opportunity to come and visit me and I look forward to welcoming you to my studio.
I am so excited and really happy to get my new website up and running with all my new work. More projects and creations will be added weekly and information on exhibitions, shows and work for sale will be available soon.