29th September 2023 - 28th October 2023
Preview: Friday 29th September 17:30 onwards, all welcome!
Meet the artists: Alongside the opening evening, Lynn will be here to meet visitors on Fridays throughout the exhibition, Paula and Antony will be here on Tuesdays!
“My name is Paula Downing and I hand build in clay. I work with ideas and so my pieces continually change and evolve. I do not make two things exactly the same and tend to work in series.
I live in Cornwall and this county has been my inspiration for many years. The coastline is rugged and wild and the landscape dotted with evidence of past civilizations and industries..
I have always been interested in archaeology and have enjoyed exploring the hilltop forts, way-markers, standing stones, quoits and barrows, evidence of ancient civilizations.
My work for 2023 has focused on ideas to do with tools, weaponry and artifacts made and used by people who lived here in these hill-top forts and hut circles many, many years ago.
I have found the connection with very ancient artifacts, a profound and thought provoking experience. I am left wondering at the ingenuity, creativity and skill with found materials of these people from the past.”
“No ‘art speak’ here, just a note about my photos…….
My pictures are objects and situations that have literally ‘grabbed me’ wandering about locations in Cornwall.
Each is a personal statement and a ‘found’ still life or composition.
Nothing has been set up.
Yes, there is an element of ‘Photoshop’ but it is fairly minimal and used to emphasize the qualities I saw in the original event.
I admit I am a ‘stickler’ for detail and enjoy searching, observing and recording what might normally go unnoticed.”
“I see myself as a composer, using visual elements and processes to build my pieces. My work is abstract with a focus on shape, tone, texture, and colour. I enjoy the physicality of printmaking and have used this process to create most of the work presented in this exhibition. The act of drawing is essential to my practice, both to collect and document experience and to facilitate the improvisation the happens during the making process, to follow the chance opportunities that arise. This is particularly true in the large monoprints, where the images seemed to evolve, not as part of a pre-ordained plan, but intuitively in response to the challenges that arose.
Over the past two years I have been making ceramics exploring the use of oxides and body stains to create coloured pieces to complement my printmaking. Some of the outcomes are also on show in this exhibition. However, rather than being just complementary, I am sure that experience of making ceramics has had a significant effect on the printmaking that followed. My recent prints are more dynamic with more intense colours.
In conclusion, while I see my work as abstract, I realise that it is the sublimation of not only visual experience and memory but of my love of music.”