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Edge - a group exhibition by Artdepot Postgraduates
13th - 25th February Front Room EDGE is a group show by first year post graduate students from artdepotnr3. At the Depot students are encouraged to combine their creative experience to strengthen their individual practice. The work on display is the culmination of a collaborative project and the first few weeks of working independently. The students take an interdisciplinary approach to making, working across print, paint, collage, 3D and textiles.
The Remains of Identity
by Paul Levy and Mary Littlefield
13th - 25th February Main Gallery Here are two artists with a lot to say to each other, and to us, about identity, mythology and art as a way to understand our world. Mary’s work in this exhibition is rooted in ceremony, shamanism and women as the guardians of a community’s meaning. Paul‘s work combines his fascination with mythological events and identities with the insight that these are present in every age alongside more conventional notions of existence. The works reflect on our understanding and interpretation of events and transport these reflections in to our artwork. Myth making and reimagining our world are essential elements of our human experience. The work conveys the emotions of the time and of our own experience at the time of its construction. It is tragic, pathetic, ephemeral, but also funny….
Life in Pictures by Elizabeth Monahan
27th February - 24th March Main Gallery and Front Room A figurative artist, Elizabeth Monahan's paintings and drawings are almost entirely generated from watching and recording the everyday lives of people around her, particularly that of women and girls. Using a synthesis of stimuli, from the written word to photography, sketchbook drawings to memories of personal experiences, the images are about our ever-shifting connection with others and the endless intricacies of looking and being looked at. Currently going through a period of transition, the work represented in this exhibition can be seen as an overview of Elizabeth’s practice to-date. The main body of work comprises figurative paintings and drawings that come from observed or felt experiences; they depict the details of people’s everyday lives, how they interact with each other and the public spaces they inhabit. These works are not a direct copy of reality, however, but re-imagined constructions that explore, through body language and facial expressions, a moment’s private drama, or an emotional frisson between two or more people. The newer body of work demonstrates Elizabeth’s long-standing interest in female faces. Much freer in style, and more inward-looking in feeling than the earlier works, these mixed media pieces are principally an exploration into process, an answer to the question of how to make visible, through brush marks or drawn lines, an interior emotional life. Inspired by images of women found on social media or within the pages of magazines and books, what emerges are works that try to make silent, inner thoughts and feelings more discernible. They also function as self-portraits, acting as a vehicle through which Elizabeth communicates her own sense of herself in the world. Elizabeth studied illustration at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art Design. After a period of working as a children’s book illustrator, she completed an MA Fine Art at Norwich University of the Arts. Elizabeth has won several drawing prizes, and exhibited both locally and nationally. She is a qualified teacher and tutors art classes across the region, including at Anteros Arts Foundation. She also mentors other artists.
Transition by Lorna Fellas
26th March - 13th April Main Gallery Blurring the lines between drawing, painting, sculpture and photography and the multidisciplinary nature of my work are essential facets of my practice. Drawing in two and three dimensions is critical to my work and is used as a means to develop and explore ideas further and as an end in itself. My ideas are inspired by my immediate environment and in the sounds, language and dynamics of everyday life. My work is largely non figurative and references autobiographical and personal narratives found in either ‘place’ or in ‘journeys,’ emotional and physical. Some journeys are straightforward, others less predictable as I embrace the opportunities of the unexpected.
Illumination by John Balman
26th March - 14th April Front Room Illumination brings together a body of work created by artist John Balman in 2023. John has been professionally painting for 9 years since retiring from architecture following a stroke in 2014. Creating art has given him a deep sense of calm that was not present during his commercial career, the paint brush moves much slower than the mouse! The perfect expression of this is still life. As an architect he was necessarily concerned with the juxtaposition of form that is evident in the paintings on show. The title reflects the importance of light as it grounds objects and gives colour to the work that focuses on compositional balance and the interplay of forms in space. Taking inspiration from more classical traditions there is a sense of realism that invites personal reflection and engagement in the work allowing the viewer to settle much as John does whilst painting. Andrew Graham Dixon referring to Caravaggio stated “Creating paintings is a way of focusing the mind...To paint something is to isolate it for the purposes of contemplation. Still life painting is not an assemblage of objects but a theatre of forms”.