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Preparation stacking up

I’m enjoying reviewing my work and deciding on what to hang for my Cambridge Open Studios weekend in just over a month. I’m really looking forward to when I can finally start hanging the exhibition and arranging rooms with plenty of extra work for visitors to rifle through… In the meantime it’s tricky to find space to make new work with pieces stacking up while I’m deciding whether and how best to show them.

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Cambridge Open Studios

I’m working hard in the background preparing to take part in Cambridge Open Studios for the first time.

As a new COS member I’ve already met fantastically supportive, friendly, and talented local artists who I would never have encountered otherwise. I’m both anxious and excited about opening my own doors to the public and looking forward to a July full of conversation and creativity, both by receiving visitors and getting out to see as many other local artists as possible.

As well as my open studios dates (week 3, the 21st and 22nd of July) I’ll be found promoting COS and showing work at preliminary events: the Cambridge Town and Country Show (9-10 June), and outside Cambridge’s Guildhall (16th and 23rd of June).

You can find out more about all the fantastic local artists taking part in COS this July here.

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Triptychs

After working on Winter Light 1, 2 and 3 which are designed to be shown together or separately I developed some pieces specifically as triptychs. I am also planning a much larger series of pieces that can work in combination or individually, as well as some larger landscape format paintings, but in the meantime I’m enjoying the quiet strength in the number three.

These paintings continue to explore mark making directly onto hand stretched raw canvas by dripping and/or painting and/or scraping emulsion paints. Each triptych consists of three canvases that are 41 cm wide by 31 cm high.

Winter Light 4

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Grey flow

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Red Orange Rhythm

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Spot the difference

As I’ve written before it’s often tricky to know when something is ‘finished’. For a while I’ve felt there was something not yet right about this circle grid; I think it finally feels resolved now.

Making it personal

I really enjoy making pieces with people or places in mind. This pair will be going to Manpreet and Ashley in January. Best shown together they could also be hung separately.

In this work I’m continuing to explore working directly onto untreated fabric. I’ve chosen to stretch coloured cotton so that the canvas is more obviously a part of, rather than read as ‘only’ a support/background to, the painting. Each painting is 33cm x 22 cm.

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Now showing at Hot Numbers

Here’s Winter Light 3 at Hot Numbers’ open evening last night, feeling at home in the busy/relaxed atmosphere and with an eclectic mix of other work. And excellent cake.

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Winter light

I recently made a series of paintings influenced by the impressions left by winter light during walks. I chose to develop these paintings on raw canvas that I’d stretched, making the mark-making all the more vital as mistakes can’t be painted over.

Each painting is 50cm wide and 40cm high. My intention is that they can be hung together or individually. I’m delighted that one of these will be shown at Hot Numbers from 12 December 2017 until February 4 2018.

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Hot numbers exhibition

I’m delighted that my work will be included in Hot Numbers’ Open Call exhibition. The opening night is 12 December 2017 7pm till 10pm, and the work will be shown until 4 February 2018 at Dale’s Brewery, Gwydir Street, Cambridge CB1 2LJ.

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Good to be back

Maternity leave is hard work. I’m delighted to be back in the studio after a break that’s brought more happy chaos to life and looking forward to what the next year brings.

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Work in progress

It’s always difficult to know when an artwork is ‘finished’. I need to keep some paintings around me for a long time in what I know is an unfinished state before it’s clear to me what I need to do next. This painting was originally done for an exhibition at Espresso Library in Cambridge in response to the space there; however once the exhibition was over I knew I had more work to do as I kept dwelling on the work, itching to make it feel complete. This is the final result.

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