I was lucky enough to see the Summer Exhibition at the RA on my visit to London earlier this week. It was a real inspiration looking at the mix of professional and amateur work. The fact that just anyone can enter and the boost of being chosen must be a fantastic experience. The visit to the exhibition has spurred me on and I will look towards entering a piece of my own for 2017. The juxtaposition of the 'city' and organic offers a fabulous contrast. The possibility of having a piece of my own work 'made' up of only organic matter positioned in such a city scape such as London would truly be the icing on the cake!!!
Here are some favourite pieces of mine from the show:
1) Fagus II etching on beech leaves by Emma Buckmaster & Janet French
I was drawn to this because of its delicacy and the fact that real beech leaves have been used. It made me think 'how was this made? 'This is what I want people to ask themselves while viewing my work.
2) Apartment digital print by Seung Yeon Choi
This piece was an amazing play on perspective. At first glance it looked to be a textured 3D piece but on closer inspection it is in fact a digital print. Viewing it you realize you are looking at the outside of a window but looking closer the inside is the outside!!
3) Migration by Cathy copper, wire, Elastoplast, silk, pigment by Cathy de Monchaux
This was a rich collection of materiality in one contained 3D frame for me. It visually exudes a complex process of making. The physical hand work that has gone into producing this piece is stunning.
All of these works demonstrate my love of the aesthetic of dark and light contrasts. The need to take this further and explore other contrasts such as city/rural, fast pace/slow pace, organic/synthetic, cosmopolitan/unsophisticated is strong since my visit to London town!!
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