Thrilled to be exhibiting with SWEET’ART again in their next exhibition ‘SHE’, an ‘International Art Collaboration Exploring the Construct of Femininity’.

SHE poster

 

Face masks and body wraps

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Selector and exhibitor at West Lancashire Open 2016, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk

Gathering

I was very pleased to be invited to join the selection panel along with Arthur Roberts to select work for this year’s Open exhibition at Chapel Gallery. I’m showing my work ‘Gathering’ at the exhibition, open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4.30pm until 7th September, at the gallery on St Helens Road, Ormskirk, L39 4QR. http://www.chapelgallery.org.uk

It’s a great show and well worth a visit as once again the Chapel Gallery team hang a diverse range of work with aplomb!

 

I’ll be showing my taxidermy-esque sculpture ‘Tweet of the day’ at PS Mirabel, Mirabel Street, Manchester, M3 1PJ. Preview this Friday 1st July 6-9pm. Exhibition open ’til 13th August.

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Tweet of the day-detail

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The freedom of expression in this Inuit mask is just so gob smacking for me and is the inspiration for my piece Dystopia. Once part of Andre Breton’s collection which sadly was not saved for the nation the mask is now in a private collection. Wonderful works of art such as this should be available for all of us to see.

Kuskokwim, Inuit mask

Kuskokwin is the region where this mask was created. The Kuskokwim river is in South West Alaska and is the ninth largest river in the USA. The mask was made towards the end of the 19th century. I found this image in a book I bought in a charity shop it is titledĀ  American Primitive with an excellent forward by Jean Clarence Lambert the French poet, essayist and art critic. Here are the first and last paragraphs of his introduction:

“This book is concerned with Indian America, the America that was nearly ruined forever by Columbus and his successors, the America that has been concealed rather than revealed by the West, the land of maize-growers, of people the colour of maize. From the North to the South, this country, whose natural inclinations are the extreme and the excessive, offered the immigrants who came over from Asia via the Bering Strait some of the most astonishing background scenery in the world. And to cover every part of it took thousands of years; thousands of years and an unimaginable series of genetic mutations. Otherwise, how can one consider at the same time the astronomers of Chichen Itza and the gloomy tribes roaming the heavy humid forests of Brazil, the goldsmiths of the Mixtecs and the salmon-fishers of the Canadian fjords.”

“Our only solution would seem to be to try to recapture that dream state which, deep inside each of us, harbours primitive human, discovered by the archaeologists of the unconscious who have revealed to us the long-lost, forgotten civilisations of the mind.”

 

Inuit mask,painted wood and feathers, height 28 ins, former Andre Breton Collection, Paris

Dystopia, 2015

Two more examples of Inuit masks

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I’ve been doing some research into a troupe of Ancient Egyptian dancers known as Khener dancers. Amongst the troupe were lithe and beautiful young women who performed as acrobats as part of funerary rituals. They performed naked and exposed their genitalia toward the sarcophagus as an act of rejuvenation of the dead person’s procreative powers in the afterlife. Here’s my response….

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These sculptures are made from a linen cloth and embroidered with diamond patterns representing tattoos similar to those found on the bodies of members of the dance troupe. They both have felt facial features and real hair stitched onto their heads. They are suspended in the act of performance.

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