in the studio

July 20, 2017

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New work in progress

January 08, 2015

Just to show some new work that is in progress currently – input from the Turps course is making me think hard about what I’m doing. These are a starting point for new work:

untitled 1     untitled 2    untitled 3a

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Recursive at No Format Gallery, SE18 5NR

October 17, 2014

Happy to be a very small part of this interesting show at No Format Gallery, SE18 5NR.  An open call was issued by ArtPie for work on the theme of recursive or repetition.

Curated by Jane Boyer, there is an interesting discussion to accompany the exhibition: http://projectrecursive.wordpress.com/

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Turps Correspondence Course 2014

Decided I needed some critical input on my work, so I have signed up to the Turps Correspondence Course.   Uploading work on a regular basis and receiving crits 4 times during the year will help to keep me on task, I hope…

Here’s a link to the course…

http://turpsbanana.com/art-school

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Structure – edit at Ruskin Gallery ARU

Structure – visualising the unseen


Dates:
 2 – 25 October 2014
Venue: Ruskin Gallery balcony

This joint show comprises part of the STRUCTURE: Visualising the unseen exhibition that was originally presented at the Alison Richards Building in Cambridge July – September 2014. It shows the artists’ explorations of structure, highlighting how they frame our everyday. The exhibition is inspired by music, language and the urban environment, and influenced by our relationship with our surroundings and ourselves.

Participating artists: Elizabeth Fraser, Jane Pryor and Elizabeth Walker

Attend 1, oil on linen, 30x40cm

Attend 1, oil on linen, 30x40cm

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Exhibition at ARB, Cambridge University

June 23, 2014

A4PosterNoBleed

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Breathing Space – opening June 13th

June 07, 2014

janepryor.indd

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Paying attention

April 12, 2014

Art is about lots of things, communication, expression, paying attention.  It is also about making something visible that might otherwise remain unseen.  One of the things that interests me is making visible the passage of time and the invisible structures that govern our lives.  Of the seasons that structure the Christian year, Lent is perhaps the time that is most familiar to everyone, faith or none.  I wanted to mark the time of Lent in a positive way, not just giving up something but creating something.  I wanted to make a visible reminder of this particular time.  The drawings are evidence of time I spent in the studio between certain dates in 2013.  Of course then came the question of what to draw? I didn’t want to have to think too much about it – as I wanted it to be part of my meditation during Lent – so I needed to find a structure that was repetitive but could also be different each day.

The grid of 40 rectangles refers to the 40 days of Lent. Repeating this each day meant that the whole time of Lent is acknowledged, but that each day is different.  So the drawings are individually different but together they become more significant and perhaps that’s true of this time that we call Lent. We don’t look for something extraordinary each day, but perhaps in our observance of it faithfully throughout the 40 days, we find at Easter that something significant happened to us during that time.

The drawing of the grid, measuring it out each day became a meditation, a focus. Then the application of the graphite, sometimes in lines, sometimes using a dust, paying attention to what might be there, what might arise from the page.  The creative process is always a to-ing and fro-ing, between a meditative time, of immersion in what you are making, and a stepping back, paying attention, seeing what has been made.

The choice of graphite and eraser was to limit my choices, to remove all colour. The use of the eraser was linked in some way to loss, that I made an image and then rubbed some of it out, but in doing so made something else.

Drawing and painting are, for me, always about the process and the journey. The drawings are a record of that journey – and this shows a journey through Lent , through days that are the same yet not the same, usually rather unremarkable, but sometimes something unlooked for happens – it’s all about paying attention.

Each week seemed to gain it’s own focus – a particular method of mark making and erasure. Then when I reached Holy Week – I felt it became a concentration of all that had gone before, a smaller focus of attention, a narrower focal point.

Edit of talk given at St Mary’s Church, 6.4.14

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40 days: a series of Lent drawings

40 days

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Horizons….

August 05, 2013

Staying at High Sands Creek Campsite, Stiffkey at the weekend I found a beach I had not visited, even after a lifetime of visiting North Norfolk. With my love of open space and the horizontal line a current obsession, it’s no surprise that the walk out across Stiffkey marshes to the beach and eventually the sea, was an extraordinary experience.  Only to be done at low tide, the long walk out to the sea is likely to be a solitary experience….we just saw a seal, watching us from the sea, keeping an eye on our westie terrier.  Thoughts on new work – drawings and paintings related to this amazing landscape and the inner contemplative space….

 

 

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