Seth Apter is a mixed media artist who runs a collaborative project called The Pulse. Currently he's engaged in a series of 'favourites' he's collected by asking artists to talk about favourite pieces and why they're important to their body of work. This week I'm in the selection with an old painted collage that changed the way I worked at the time. Many thanks to Seth and his unwavering commitment to getting artists together and introducing new faces!
So, here's some of the new work that I exhibited recently at the Washington Gallery in Penarth.
These are botanical leaf/dye prints that I scanned and then printed onto Arches 88 paper, mounted on natural linen canvas stretchers, then I added drawn and printed images of insects.
Well after all the hard work, the show opened a week ago at the Washington Gallery in Penarth. Our work is very different to each other's, but I think it all adds up to a vibrant and visually interesting mixture. If you're in the area, pop in and let us know what you think. It's on until 7th September.
I managed to produce nine new pieces for this show, and I was doing some very long days running up to the installation. It didn't help that the flat roof over the bathroom at Ty Cariad started leaking, so I had to dash up to find a roofer and get it replaced!
Anyway, I've tried photographing the works at the gallery, but the lighting there was not conducive to decent shots of some of my new work. I did manage to get some of the triptych below, which is a meditative set of mixed media paintings/gelatin transfers that I think are rather successful in a melancholy kind of way.
They look much better in the flesh too, and the sky painting in the background of each one is more defined. I'm getting to grips with my large format printer now; we've reached an understanding after a long and arduous early relationship, in which it definitely would have gone out of the window had I been able to lift it!
I contributed to Seth Apter's The Pulse (of Mixed Media) again recently. This time he asked artists to do a still life. It's not a form I'm well practised at, but I had a go. I love the way Seth gets you out of your comfort zone sometimes!
Anyway, this was my offering:
I'm very much behind with my news as I've been so busy for the last month.
That time of year came round again, when I emptied the boot of my car to maximise space, and took myself off to one of my favourite festivals...............that is Wonderwool Wales!
I mean look at this heap of gorgeousness! I simply can't understand how anyone could possibly fail to have a fluttering heart at the sight of so much loveliness under one enormous roof. Alas my daughter starts to glaze over when I talk about it, so I have to post it here if I want to share!
Wonderwool is just chock full of stalls run by fibre traders around the country. From hemp products to sewing, embroidery, spinning, weaving and dyeing notions and tools.......and a host of fabulous skeins of wool, silk, cotton, linen and alpaca.
I met this rather impressive beast in one of the stalls. I had no idea how small alpacas were, though I've long appreciated the amazing softness of their wool. They're like long-necked goats and stand at around the same height as me (um that's short by the way).
I'm not sure what gender this splendid animal is, but s/he came right up close to me and stared right into my soul; sighing and making barely audible groaning noises. I think s/he was saying 'you look like you'd make a great alpaca breeder; take me out of here and feed me daisy sandwiches and lemonade for the rest of my days'. I think I may have to sell up and buy a field somewhere!
And so onto a bit of news and why I've been so very busy.
An artist acquaintance of mine (Sean Donovan) invited me to collaborate with him and three other artists in an exhibiting collective here. We met up a few weeks ago, and since then we've decided on a name, booked space to exhibit as a group at the Oriel Washington Gallery in Penarth and I've made us a website. So without further ado, put your hands together and give a big welcome to Cardiff Arts Collective!
We just have artist pages with images of our art on the website so far, but do come and visit (it boosts our google search criteria if you visit the website) and leave a comment if you feel the urge! We plan to put up a list of exhibitions and maybe a blog in time, but for now at least we're up and running.
Wish us luck! ;-)