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Showing posts from February, 2017

Artist Talks: Lily Irwin

I first came across the work of Lily Irwin on Instagram (obviously) and was struck at how she uses mark making to create beautiful, intricate narratives within her work. The marks dance around the pages of the compositions and create something magical and full of life. There is a real sense of experimentation within her process and ability to convey this into something resolved is inspiring. I adore her chaotic marks which contrast with the more considered repetitive marks. I caught up with Lily to learn more about her thoughts and influences.

How long have you been drawing and how important is this to your work?
It is difficult to gauge how old I was when I first began to draw. What is certain in my mind is that by the age of three, I had already developed a great love and natural inclination to draw onto walls much to the despair of various family members. Another early memory that jumps out are of lessons with Lesley Fennell, a great friend of mine who lives down the road from us in…

Christiane Lohr at the Turner Contemporary

Over the weekend I headed to Margate, Kent to the Turner contemporary to see the new building and current exhibition 'Entangled' which is showing the work from many artists who work in weave, thread, trace and stitch. I resonated a lot with parts of the exhibition because of the tactile nature and use of process and material. A lot of the work had been created by building upon something which already exists, piecing fragments together.

One artists work Christiane Lohr's work stood out to me the most because of how it had been presented within the gallery space and the delicate nature of how the work is composed.

 The white space of the gallery exposes moving shadows of the work, how things are left raw and bare, the environment in which the work sits adds to this tension within her work. The floating forms echo a sense of fragility and balance. They are small and intricate in scale and the work was shown low to the ground. I think this makes the viewer interact with the wo…