I teamed up with two lovely talented artists to create a weekend exhibition in the wonderful gallery space at Leadworks in Plymouth. Leadworks CIC is an innovative social enterprise, offering grassroots community organisations and artists a space to work, create and connect. A cafe and bar is an added attraction.
Jane wrote: We came together to voice our concerns over the predicament we face as a result of Capitalism’s inability to solve the global crisis affecting all our lives and the future of life on this planet.
Jane’s powerful work expresses the horror and anguish she feels at the havoc wrought on our lives this year by chaos, corruption and governmental ineptitude in the middle of a pandemic and global catastrophe. And she is still smiling!
Nuala’s gentle landscapes paintings show the transformative beauty of local wild places but also as a reminder of what we could so easily loose.
I showed a variety of work contemplating the pollution of the seas and the ongoing devastation caused by ever increasing plastic, but also the current migration issues with desperate people risking their lives to seek refuge in the UK.
Where did these items of wave-battered clothing come from? Who did they belong to and what happened to them?
These monoprints are part of a series about plastic in the oceans and the tangled web we leave behind: we are enmeshed by green-wash. Yellow symbolises nature’s warning!
Yellow features again in the backdrop to a seaweed print utilising rocks from the beach to create the pigment for this unique art work. The dark paintings feature imagined sea creatures fluorescing in the depths of the ocean. The paint glows in UV light.
Seaweeds and an extraordinary congealed mass of burnt plastic found on the beach, each shown in an antique wooden frame, contrast the natural and man-made, the things that nurture us and the things that threaten our existence. Beneath and scattered around the exhibits are uncanny lumps of black extruded plastic.
An interactive exhibit always attracts children and young people. I selected clean plastic items to arrange on a lightbox to question our relationship with plastic. Even the sanitiser is container in plastic …
We attracted around 130 visitors over the weekend, had amazing feedback from young and old, with numerous conversations about our work, plastic and the environment. Thank you to all concerned for making this a very special show!