Research: Worthing Museum Exhibitions

A while ago I managed to get to Worthing Museum and Art Gallery to see the Open 2019 and the Sussex Makers: Painted, Printed and Crafted Exhibitions. One thing I have noticed about most gallery exhibitions is that the works are hung very high which makes it difficult for me to see and/or photograph them so the photographs are not the best.

Open 2019

The Open 2019 exhibition had an eclectic mix of local artists’ work. The works of particular interest are shown below.

Marilyn Eustace‘s Beyond the Silence is a woven tapestry which was woven sideways and had stitching to add detail.

I was drawn to the striking combination of teal and coral as the dominant shades and the abstract design was intriguing.

Fizz Fieldgrass’s Dream Portal is a déchirage: overlayed digital print tengujo paper, cut and distressed. I was intrigued by this work as I had not heard of déchirage or tengujo paper but the final result certainly had a dreamlike quality. Déchirage is a form of décollage (the opposite of collage in the respect that instead of creating an image from parts or all of existing images, this technique cuts, tears or otherwise removes parts of the original image) and specifically is an artistic form that distresses paper to create a three-dimensional work. Tengujo paper is a type of Japanese paper that is often used in book conservation and printmaking. It is described here as a robust tissue paper.

Close up image of the work (it should be noted that the reflections from the glass of the frame can be seen towards the bottom but there are multiple layers incorporated)

The next work was Melissa Birch‘s Grandmother’s Garden which is a lino print of fabric and paint. I was interested by Melissa Birch’s use of printed fabric as a background and the depth she created by working each layer differently. I am guessing that she lino printed the grey mandala shapes in two sizes directly onto the fabric before painting a thin layer of white that is semi transparent and finally painting the plant in the foreground. Luckily her website confirms that I wasn’t too far off her process description which can be found here.

Amanda Patton‘s Andean Lakes is a stunning oil painting and I think the draw of this work was the delicate use of light to create a very atmospheric piece. The subtle colours were difficult to capture in a photograph but it was sensitively painted. I also noted the way that her choice to frame it in a bevelled dark frame leads the viewer’s eye in with the way that the light creates different tones on the frame. A bit of research shows that this is not Amanda’s ‘day job’ so I am blown away by the quality of her work.

Close up image to try to capture some of the subtlety of the painting.

I can’t imagine that anyone could have walked past Sarah Louise Luxford‘s Seven Hundred and Thirty Six Wire Chairs. I took a series of photographs to show the scale of the work. It was absolutely fascinating and I could have sat looking all day as each chair was different and had individual details.

Sussex Makers: Painted, Printed and Crafted

The first works I was drawn to in this exhibition were prints by Sarah Sepe such as Simplicity 2 in which different prints of the same image were cut into strips and woven together and were created from recycled card, wire and paint.

Initially I was drawn to the fact that it looked like knitted fabric from a distance but the detail close up was fascinating:

It was only when I tried to find a link to Sarah Sepe’s work (which can be found here) and was further exploring her website that I realised that she runs projects with Barry from the West End Gallery including the Worthing Artists Networking Events.

An artist’s work that I found captivating was by Alan Jame McLeod. He has an instagram account which can be found here. Although I found it difficult to see clearly due to reflections on the glass (when viewed from a wheelchair), his work Reflection in Gouache on paper and fabric was beautiful. The photo below was taken by my assistant to give me a slightly better view but it should be noted that the work was sumptuous in real life.

I wasn’t able to get a reasonable photo of his work Lunar (Gouache and fabric paint on cotton) but it was in stark contrast to the one above, in shades of grey it was incredibly atmospheric. I was surprised at the use of gouache on fabric and intend to test this for myself. Just outside the exhibition room, on the wall was a small work called Clear Water in Gouache and metal leaf on paper which also caught my attention. Again the photography is terrible due to the work being very high for me but although it appears simple, the work was very captivating.

Part of the reason why it has taken me so long to write up my notes from this exhibition is because I wanted to play around with some of the gelli prints and other mono prints that I have collected from playing around over the last few months. The little work that I created that was inspired by Alan James McLeod’s work and a photograph I took as part of my Creative Arts Today coursework which is reproduced below and the relevant post can be found here.

This collage was created on an A6 board and uses a variety of hand printed papers hand cut to give the impression of waves.

I really like the idea of this piece and intend to create a larger version which incorporates textiles and stitching.

[All links accessed on 23/4/19]

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