Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Oriel Q Winter Exhibition

                  Seren Stacey: The least of All Things , Felt, embroidery, wood.


     Seren Stacey: White branches & untitled (sicks and stones series) charcoal.        no. 46/46 catalogue

Diana Durey: Totem Dolls, Fabric and Mixed Media

Lee Phillips , raffle entry

                      Diana brook: Spoon 1,  Acrylic

Denys Short: When I was 6 my uncle made me a bird table, Mixed Media

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Dutch barn on Llanllwni Mountain


Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Bones and dust

Untitled, Charcoal and Fool's gold dust
Constallation, stitched shell
Bones, charcoal

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Think inside the box

Work in progress: Some photos taken as I filmed the footage for my film Think Inside the Box, exhibited 14-16th October. Made In Roath 2011.
These black and White images taken by Jack Smylie Wild, April 2011.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Thread and Sinew

Drawings of found objects- an autumn seed ball hanging by its sinuous thread, and an old wooden reel of black thread which I found has a thousand ends having been chewed by a dog. Different types of thread drawn together.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Perfect Imitation

Blaschka glass model, national Museum of Wales

This weekend I visited the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff. Having grown up in Cardiff I have been there countless times; tearing around the permanent natural history collections, wondering the maze of fibreglass rocks and dinosaurs, trekking through primordial forests and searching for the illusive leatherback turtle, in a room I could never find.    

Blaschka glass model, national Museum of Wales

In recent years I have looked with more awe than ever at the incredible beauty and complexity of the natural exhibits, but I had never given much thought to the models and replicas which set the scene.There can be no comparison between nature and the hard, hollow imitations of life which jog the imagination. In my own work, I have struggled with the notion that nothing can be more perfect than nature, and that to imitate it is invariably to fail. However the replicas in the museum serve a different purpose.They exist to tell us objectively about the world around us.
In the 1860s, highly skilled glass-worker Leopold Blaschka was commissioned to replicate soft bodied marine animals because it was difficult to preserve their colour, form and texture. Upon finding Blaschka's glass models I fond that I could not look upon them as planktonic organism, only as incredibly beautiful hand crafted objects- perfect scupltures. There is a different sense of wonder as I find myself saying, "how did they do it?", "Look at those tiny joins and little metal stitches". In their design they seem too modern for the time they were made, until I remember the blueprint came from the ocean.  Among the collections of pinned butterflies and beetles this is another kind of treasure.

Blaschka glass model, national Museum of Wales

Sunday, 25 September 2011

On Llanllwni Mountain

For some time I have been noticing all the windmills in the distance, their silent, outstretched arms rotating on the horizon. Their presence on Llanllwni is a bone of contention in the local community, but my interest in them is purely visual. Driving over the brow of a hill and catching a group of them moving in unison has captured imagination and compelled me to see them more closely. I found the access road and drove up to see them up- close. It's a strange atmosphere - it feels like there is loads of space up on the hill and a strange whirring sound comes from the windmills.

 I photographed and filmed through the pinhole camera as well as directly with the camera. I was taken with the reflections and the atmosphere, the presence of the elements, the wind, the moving clouds and with  the strange organisations of  made structures. I don't yet know what I will do with this experiment.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Self Portrait

Over the past few months, as I struggled to commit to drawing on a regular basis I have set myself the challenge of drawing self -portraits. It has become habitual as I strive to capture something which feels true to me- how  I feel about myself and see myself. 

I notice through this practice that I have a tendency to be very literal in my approach to subjects which interest me. I am inspired by the drawings of Anne Goodfellow, who's beautiful sensory drawings created in charcoal often blindfolded, explore the figure through the sense of touch and the work of Rebecca Horn which pushes the boundaries of drawing beyond figuration to say far more about the physical experience.