New Art Highlights
26 April - 2 May
New Art Highlights of the week includes: Catherine Knight, Emma Summers, Jim Brown and Brighid Black.
Isolation Windows, 2021 by Catherine Knight
During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, I have collected images of people’s windows in isolation. Using social media and connections with friends and friends of friends, I have managed to collect images from across the globe.
In the short amount of time that I carved out to paint in, I have been making small gouache paintings from the photos. It has given me a rhythm and project in this topsy- turvy time. It allows me to visit other people’s houses, other countries, other continents, albeit in my imagination, and ponder our shared global experience.
“This act of shared imagining is timely, offering sensations of closeness with friends and strangers alike. Though actual human figures never find their way into her paintings explicitly, they are ever-present by implication, through traces of everyday actions: the top of a chair tucked under a table, a towel drying on a railing, a window left ajar, a curtain hurriedly not-quite-drawn. These domestic objects and adornings become proxies for the absent humans; the scenes as a whole, like still-life glimpses into the lives of others.”
Extract from essay “A view of one’s own” by Lizzie Lloyd, 2020
Portal, 2021 by Emma Summers
Porcelain slip cast door handles.
Sixteen Squiggles, 2019 - 2020 by Jim Brown
Sixteen ideas for a 3d work, exploring randomness of squiggles. Indian ink drawings digitally laid out.
Portal, 2019 by Brighid Black
A tablet computer is entangled within a hawthorn branch, twisted human hair and nettle fibres. The tablet shows a series of three still images of trees taken with a mobile phone. With a shift of bodily position and optical focus, the surface of the tablet becomes a mirror. The 'reptilian brain' in humans is constantly alert for threats, which is why we see a snake in a coil of rope or an animal in a tree stump. This piece seeks to draw attention the unsettling fact that despite the sophistication of our technology, modern humans are equally as susceptible to this phenomenon as our ancient ancestors. The work involved a lengthy process of extracting nettle fibres from the plants to twist into cords to hold the tablet in place, along with twisted human hair.