Moma Machynlleth Open Exhibition 2018

It’s a bit late that I am talking about this open exhibition which was open until the 30th of August. My work In Limbo 1 was accepted :

In Limbo 1 (sold)
©In Limbo 1 (2018) Acrylic and Shellac on canvas

And when coming back from holiday I heard that my painting sold. So bye bye In Limbo 1, I am sure you are in a good home now!

Private View

The private view and official opening of the exhibition Woman to Woman: A Kaleidoscope of Art Made by Women last Friday was a success.

 

Louise Morgan‘s gallery was packed with lovely people.  The techniques used by the artists are diverse, paintings, mixed media, drawings, sculptures, artist book and short video installation.

 

The exhibition will run until the 11th of May in Galeri 45: 45A, High Street, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 1NRDSC01077

 

Woman to Woman: A Kaleidoscope of Art Made by Women

Thanks to Louise Morgan from Galeri 45 for inviting me to her project Woman to Woman: A Kaleidoscope of Art Made by Women, a group exhibition featuring female artistsflyer cote a cote. The exhibition will open on  the 7th of April and will run until the 11 of May 2018.

About the exhibition: The exhibition celebrates the diverse range of art made by women in North Wales. Female artists were invited to produce art work related to their own personal experience of being a woman, or about woman’s life.

Exhibitors:

Sonja Benskin Mesher. Gilly Thomas, Pea J. Restall, Jan Gardner, Susan Mary Williams, Valerie Land, Diana Baur, Clarrie Flavell, Pamela Green, Géraldine Swatridge, Catherine Taylor Parry, Jocelyn Roberts, Louise Morgan, Sarah Whiteside, Lee Green , Gillian Snape,  Ardra Udayan, Susan Ellis and Jenny Black.

Galeri 45 A High Street, Bangor Gwynedd, Wales LL57 1NR

 

 

 

Last Saturday

After managing to attach each double sided painting to several trees, my first observation was that the works seemed to be swallowed in the vastness of the woods. It seemed that however big one thinks a work is, nature transforms it into a detail.

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Now I had only to wait and see if my plans would work. Although the wind sometimes moved the paintings too much for my taste, I managed to secure them by tightening the string.

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It was a very successful day, despite the bad weather, and the advantages of exhibiting in the woods were many. Because most of us stayed on-site during the day, we could have direct feedback from the visitors, but I also started to notice that people (children and adults alike) couldn’t help interacting with the paintings by pushing them with their index fingers, making them turn a bit more rapidly.
It taught me a lot about the nature of a painting when it is presented as a 3D installation, and I enjoyed the interaction people got with each piece.
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I managed to film some of my paintings in motion, which I have put on the
Video section under the Work tab.

Nearly there

Getting close to the 30th and the Ogwen River Festival. All of the 5 double-sided paintings are done and ready to be displayed. I hope the weather won’t be too bad on the day and that my installation won’t blow away with the wind!

What have we done to our woods? 3 (A side)

The temptation would be to flip each painting to reveal a more recognisable image, but all of the paintings have actually been painted the way they’ll be displayed. My goal was to play with the shapes and try to focus on them, and to introduce to the woods a focal point that would act like a moving sculpture attracting the eye to these spots.

What have we done to our woods? 4 (A side)

What have we done to our woods? 5 (A side)

More photos to come when the work is installed in the woods.

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Gŵyl Afon Ogwen River Festival

I am taking part in the Gŵyl Afon Ogwen River Festival, which is in Bethesda and will take place on 29 September. I chose to apply my work on abstracts inspired by rural and urban landscapes (on a series of small canvases in my last exhibition) to the woods of Bethesda. The woods of course also include the Ogwen river.

I decided to make five installations of paintings, which will hang from several trees in Parc Meurig. Each work will have two paintings, one on each side of the board, transforming them into 3D objects. So far I have made two paintings, which I found when finished had a Pop Art feel to them with their flat colours and thick black outlines. They reminded me of Patrick Caulfield or Roy Lichtenstein. This was not entirely intentional; my idea is to reduce the complexity of an ecosystem such as the woods and the river to lines and colours, to have a bold sense of rhythm and dynamic without too many details. The intention is also for the works to be seen from a distance and to play with several shades of green.

Initial sketches