Being so immersed in my own solo residency showcase I haven’t had the chance until now to properly sit down and reflect upon the imagery I took of the new Markmakers exhibition also on at The Gallery at St Georges House in Bolton.
With a complimentary interest in the landscape as myself the work is indicative of our joint experiences in and within the physical landscape. Inspired by their own personal locations of living near to the coastlines of North West England and Wales, they explore the subject with paint and print to sculpture and textiles to convey a deep insight into themes of movement, settlement and expansion.
How we experience place, space and the environment is wide-ranging and interchangeable. Each artist has found a unique way to convey their thoughts and ideas. Jane Chimea’s work looks at the blurring of boundaries to create new ones whilst Cathy Rounthwaite’s ancient landmarks indicate to past rituals and an organisation of natural materials, similar to Maria Walker’s practise of using found tidal materials (below) to explore the concept of migration and how we present everyday objects.
Adventure and travel feature profoundly when assessing the fundamentals of boundaries. Angela Sidwell identifies the potential isolation that can be found when crossing over to an island and the textural beauty to be found in the exposed landscape created by the tides. Landmark journeys show the importance of transition and integration, Maria Tarn’s practise alludes to how barriers can be broken down when different cultures meet. We always want to be accepted for ourselves, as well as to feel safe and secure, no matter where we might end.
These ideas behind conflict and displacement continue in Clare Weetman’s monotypes alluding to a performative practise based on the fear and anxiety people experience when faced with physical objects in the landscape, as well as actual borders. Fitting that this should sit near to Jacqui Chapman’s subtle small paintings ‘Every Seventh Wave’ which represent not only the mental isolation one feels, but how the seventh wave is always meant to be the highest and therefore most difficult to transcend. Boundaries have never been so relevant in our modern time.
On until 20th January 2017
The Galley At St Georges House
2 St George’S Road, Bolton