Our new exhibition opens this Saturday, 8th July with a preview event at 2pm. Details below:
Where the Wild Things Are
Sculpture and Painting by Steph Rubin, Stephanie Fawbert & Nikki Tompsett
Preview EVENT 8 July 2017, 2-5pm
Refreshments provided, free parking, all welcome
Exhibition continues until 22 July
Open Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 3pm and by appointment
All around us are cartoony, sentimental images of animals and children. This exhibition presents the work of three artists as they grapple with the real-life creatures. Their work examines our desire to exert control over nature (and our own wild offspring) as we socialise and tame them but it also celebrates children’s freedom of expression and their joy in life.
Stephanie Rubin uses charcoal drawings as a testing ground for new ideas, building up to sculpture scale. She writes: “Sometimes I look at my kids and am shocked at how suddenly they have changed. When did that happen without me noticing? My eldest, when running or walking, pirouettes. On asking him about this involuntary action he replied, ‘It makes me feel dizzy, happy’. The vertigo/disorientation we get as adults is unpleasant and we avoid it whereas in children it gives us a feeling of euphoria. I decided to capture in drawings, prints and sculptures this series of unselfconscious movements. I am working towards modelling a life size sculpture”.
Both Stephanie Fawbert and Nikki Tompsett use their own first-hand observations of animals and children as the basis of their paintings. Nikki Tompsett’s practice “explores the edges of her painting, concentrating on playful sculptury/fabricy things. Grabbing more or less an hour here or there to make, fast, thoughtful, delicate and tough objects that hang or fall.
For this exhibition, she has recycled a decade old project – ‘ten thousand and sixty six’, and loosely reworked the elements to feature her 3 year old daughter. The works are made on the dining table, often in collaboration. They are fast and celebrate the fleeting nature of childhood”. She says: “I am looking for the moments of high energy, learning, excitement, enthusiasm, curiosity or interactions between child and animal”.
Stephanie Fawbert notes: “When I look at my own paintings about children and animals, I wonder if I am hung up on some sentimental grasping for childhood, most likely, my own? In a sense, I do want to tug the heart-strings of the viewer but I want to capture the real interaction between human and animal, not the over- sentimentalized, anthropomorphic meeting of so many birthday card images and story books. In these paintings, the connection between a child and an animal is a powerful and often wary one. It can include fear, mistrust but also fascination and joy. The meeting of child and animal has no social graces, no forced relationship. It is utterly genuine and it is because of this that we can delight in it”.
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15 July: Big Heads Portrait workshop for families
Artist Stephanie Fawbert will lead a workshop for families using watercolour techniques. Create larger-than-life size portraits of each other, come in pairs or larger groups. This workshop costs £5 per adult-child pair, including all materials.
22 July: animal ceramics
Children’s workshop led by sculptor Steph Rubin. Step outside to our garden to mould clay animals to take home. We will use trees and other elements of our surroundings to mould and shape each animal figure. The workshop costs £5 per person, including all materials.