Approved: 16.08.2006

Andie Clay

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

My current work is concerned with explorations of gestural mark-making in which there are necessarily elements of self investgation both as an individual and in an essentially feminine context. Hence my work is essentially a dialogue between the Self and the Image in which aesthetic and emotive elements interact both as concave and convex mirrors, the one seamlessly informing and invigorating the other.

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  • Location: Cardigan, Wales
  • Activities: Adult education, Residencies, Workshops
  • Categories: Drawing, Painting
  • Tags: visual artist, conceptual artist, drawing based practice, mixed media, art workshops, life drawing tuition, tai chi student + teacher, gestural mark making
 

Biography

My current work is concerned with explorations of gestural mark-making in which there are necessarily elements of self investgation both as an individual and in an essentially feminine context. Hence my work is essentially a dialogue between the Self and the Image in which aesthetic and emotive elements interact both as concave and convex mirrors, the one seamlessly informing and invigorating the other. This body of work, with its revisited themes, references the inner and outer landscapes of fundamental natural phenomena, in particular forms drawn from the coastal and moorland regions of Wales - both desolate and inhospitable terrains etched with the challenges and choices of a lifetime of tracks, courses and pathways; solitude; and the concept of the journey in all its many forms. Further series of works spring from my investigations into natural vibrations - by this I mean influences of sound, resonances, and cycles. Abstracted mark making has its inception in such paths which are a metaphor for the nature of the environment within which the 'best' path may lie. Physically and metaphorically this has an ambivalent feeling of both indifference and suspicion, but with the eternal hope that over the horizon lies evidence of it being 'the right way.' The awareness that the Universe embodies the antiphonal state references an interest in Eastern philosophies, with transcultural influences arising through embracing reflective research ranging from a spiritual awareness to calligraphic mark making and an ongoing study and practice of Tai Chi Chu'an. Recent research and development into resonances has led my developing path towards an experimental form of language that seeks to express my visceral responses, self informing and incubating my practice. I begin by making a set of decisions to provide a framework for the journey. As I push beyond the surface and come at ideas from other directions and points of view I allow chance and accident to play their part in influencing the final destination.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2012 - Associate Membership, The Society of Women Artists, The Mall Galleries, London 1975 - BA Honours - Graphic Design, London College of Printing, London SE1 Solo exhibitions 2011 - Featured Artist - International Women's Day Celebration, Off The Wall Gallery, Cardiff 2011 - Recent Work, RWA Friends Room Gallery, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 2008 - New Work, Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, North Wales 2007 - Land and Seascapes, St David's Hall, Cardiff 2004 - Seascapes, Waterfront Gallery, Milford Haven 2003 - The Breath of Nature, Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, North Wales 2002 - West Wales Arts Centre, Fishguard 2000 - Land Marks, Ogilvy and Estill, Conwy 2000 - Recent work, The Albany Gallery, Cardiff 2000 - Sacred Land, Washington Gallery, Penarth 1999 - Landscapes, Aberystwyth Arts Centre 1998 - A Sense of Place, Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon and Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan 1998 - Earth Rhythms, Oriel, Haverfordwest Library 1998 - Landscapes of Wales, Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff Bay 1997 - A Sense of Place, Oriel Ceri Richards Gallery, Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea Group exhibitions 2012 - Society of Women Artists 151st Annual Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London SW1 2011 - 150th Celebratory Exhibition, Society of Women Artists, The Mall Galleries , London SW1 2011 - 159th Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 2011 - Antiphony - a two person exhibition, Fishguard Arts Society, Tregwynt Mansion, North Pembrokeshire 2011 - Christmas Exhibition, Oriel Ceri Richards, Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea 2011 - Spirit of the Coast, Sea Pictures Gallery, Clare, Suffolk 2011 - Summer Exhibition, Denise Yapp Contemporary Art, Monmouth 2011 - The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2011, The Mall Galleries, London SW1 2010 - Lines & Strata Drawing exhibition, Touring , throughout Wales 2010 - Spring Selection, White Lion Street Gallery, Tenby 2010 - Women's Work, Off The Wall Gallery, Cardiff 2009 - Christmas Exhibition, Denise Yapp Contemporary Art, Monmouth 2009 - Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize, Oriel Ynys Mon, Angelsey 2009 - Welsh Art, Arton Gallery, Kyoto. Japan 2008 - Modern Welsh Art Collection, The Tabernacl, MOMA Wales, Machynlleth 2007 - Welsh Artist of the Year, St David's Hall , Cardiff 2006 - Equus: A Celebration of the Horse, The Castle, Margam Park, Port Talbot, South Wales 2006 - Society of Graphic Fine Art, Menier Gallery, London 2006 - Spring 2006, The Brownston Gallery, Modbury, Devon 2005 - Sea Britain, Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, North Wales 2005 - Women Only, Albany Gallery, Cardiff 2003 - Albany Gallery, Cardiff 2003 - Six of the Best, Art Matters Gallery, Tenby 2002 - The Contemporary Craftsman, Monmouth 2001 - Brecknock Museum, Brecon 2001 - Hotbath Gallery, Bath, SGFA 2001 - National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire 2001 - Oriel Plas Glyn Y Weddw, North Wales 2001 - Royal Cambrian Academy, Conway 2001 - St Davids Hall, Cardiff 2000 - Affordable Art Fair, London, Glanhelyg Gallery 2000 - Annual Summer Exhibition, Royal Cambrian Academy, Conway 2000 - Wexford Arts Centre, Ireland, Celtic connections 1999 - Fourth Annual Chelsea Art Fair, represented by de Putron Fine Art 1999 - Ogilvy and Estill Gallery, Conwy 1999 - Wales Drawing Biennale, 2 Aberystwyth Arts Centre and touring Wales' top venues 1998 - Attic Gallery, Swansea 1998 - Black and White, Invited Artists, MOMA Wales 1998 - City of London Art Fair, de Putron Fine Art 1998 - Gallery Artists, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen 1998 - Laing Art Exhibition, Bristol 1998 - New Art '98, The Albany Gallery, Cardiff 1998 - Women Artists, Will's Art Warehouse, Fulham 1997 - Laing Art Exhibition, Cardiff 1997 - Welsh Contemporaries, Oriel Contemporary Art, London Competitions, prizes and awards 2011 - St Cuthbert's Mill Award, 150th Celebratory Exhibition , The Society of Women Artists, The Mall Galleries, London SW1 2009 - Judges' Prize, Artsfest, Fishguard Arts Society , Fishguard 2007 - Landscape Painting Prize, Art Matters Gallery, Tenby 2007 - Oppenheim -John Downes Memorial Award, Oppenheim-John Downes Institute, London 1993 - Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Award, Oppenheim-John Downes Institute, London Other 1995 - Cardigan Open Studios - founder member and co-ordinator 1995-2005, artists studios , Cardigan, West Wales