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A Shared Walk – Lost?

October 7 - October 30

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A Shared Walk – artist statements
Anna Brazier
Anna is based in Cardiff and combines an arts practice with teaching the Alexander Technique. ‘I love the way the two disciples inform each other in relation to observation, movement, mind, and improvisation.’
‘Lane Walk 2018 2019 ……2021’ celebrates both the flora and the man-made objects walked by, on, and through in St Davids over many years, much missed in 2020.
The cyanotypes for ‘Now what?’ were made during the 2020 lockdowns using images of Home and Time from old Redstone Press diaries and domestic utensils. They have been reprinted on card and hung with linen threads. Now what?…
‘Taken for granted’ are renamed prints made in 2016 during a residential workshop. Those easy days of mixing and working in groups feel far away at the moment. The free lines in the prints now speak to me of those taken-for-granted easy everyday freedoms.
Luz Erica Chick
One of my goals in producing art is to reach an understanding of why it is important for a society to be reminded of dramatic events and to explore the significance of recreating such moments. In my art practice, I have used my childhood memories, which have been affected by the civil war in my country, Colombia.
I use allegories to portray my generation’s experiences during childhood and adolescence, while our society was being battered by terror and violence. In retrospect, I have come to understand that we did not realise how bad things were. Our childhood resulted in the belief that violence and upheaval were normal. Now, after living and experiencing an environment of security, one is able to reflect on those childhood memories. I would like to challenge spectators with these memories and remind them that war and violence, with all its visible and invisible consequences really affected my country and is still happening, and still damaging the lives of children in many parts of the world today.
One of my main aims is to create awareness of the injustice of children living through war, while another is to try to come to terms with, or at least better understand what I experienced as a child.
Nick Davies
After having an extensive career working in the media industry, Nick has spent the past ten years developing her own portfolio of images relating to the landscape. During continued study at Masters level (2013-2015), she had the freedom to push personal boundaries with experimentation in printmaking (lino embossing), photography, film and sculptural techniques (plaster casting/carving) which led to a fascination with circles and ovoids found within natural phenomena.
Nick’s arts practice is informed by nature and therefore it is her aim to look at reintegrating nature into art through capturing the energy and rhythm of the natural world. Nature has been a fascination for artists for hundreds of years and has the capacity to evoke thought and emotion. Inspired by the landscape, her coastal environment is fundamental to her practice as a visual artist. By stepping outside into nature, she allows herself to become open to contemplation through contact with natural phenomena. Constructed clay forms inspired from organic shapes, or found natural objects (pebbles/rock strata) that are cast with plaster, have focussed her attention to looking at the more physical aspects of fragility and strength in the natural world.
During an arts and wellbeing project in 2019, Nick’s readings led her to the subject of ‘hag stones’ (stones with holes) and the spiritual beliefs associated with mystical stones possessing healing properties and used as protective talismans. Other myths acknowledge the presence of other worlds becoming visible through the natural occurring burrowed circles. This has inspired further research with documented theories relating to ‘psychogeographical’ sites, where larger holed stones were used as part of healing ceremonies. The concept of exploring view points seen through a cylindrical aperture of an ancient holed stone has captured her imagination and in turn has raised a curiosity of how geology, archeology, spiritualism and art are interconnected.
Jay Edwards
Jay is a photographer based in South Wales. Her work reflects her close ties with Wales and Australia.
‘Healing Landscape’ accompanied many people along their therapy journey when it hung in Helen’s consulting room.
Sharon Magill
Based in Cardiff, Sharon’s work explores themes of isolation, loneliness and solitude, identity and place. Her work examines psychological spaces, domestic scenes and exterior places, communicating the silences of the space we exist, internally and externally.
As a female artist working with cyanotype Sharon is acutely aware of the lack of recognition the photographer and botanist Anna Atkins has had until recently. ‘A Brief History of Women in Blue’ examines the contributions of women, scientifically and domestically, through the additive and subtractive processes of cyanotype printing.
This body of work references an historic poster advertising Reckitts Blue on display at Cynon Valley Museum. Reckitts Blue is a synthetic substance added to the laundry to make whites whiter. It was commonly used by housewives up to the 1950s and is embedded into generational female history, with the artists’ mother recalling her mother adding Reckitts Blue to the wash.
A form of ‘bluing’ is still used in washing powders today described as an ‘optical brightener’ in the list of ingredients. Washing powders act as a bleach on the cyanotype print, reducing colour from blues to pale yellows. After printing each image, the prints were bathed in Daz washing powder, bleaching the images over different durations to create varying tones of blue, green, brown and yellow.
The single and double exposures create opportunities for a visual dialogue of presence and absence, identity as specimen or of additional time and depth.
Ceri Morris
Ceri is a South Wales based artist having studied with the Broadway Drawing School, Cardiff. “Through drawing, painting and mixed media I explore my experience of the world as a voyage of discovery to be reflected in my work.”
Helen C A Rowlands
Helen’s practice as an artist, and also informed by her previous career as a psychotherapist, engages with themes of attachment, containment, emergence and expression. Helen is a South Wales based artist who likes to work with mixed media.
“I am interested in the patterns that can be made on, or with, objects that are made available to us in the immediate environment together with those that we create. I like making work that is ambiguous and which questions whether sources are organic or non-organic in origin. I am interested in how initial forms and materials can be taken, connected, changed and re-presented in different ways whilst still maintaining relational correspondence and coherence. I’m curious about how identification within groups and communities may pattern us as social and political beings and how our identifications may be overtly or more covertly signalled at different times.”
Helen is involved in the ongoing contemporary Fluxus movements including collective representations and the continuance of mail-art initiatives

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Start:
October 7
End:
October 30
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Redhouse Cymru
High Street
Merthyr Tydil, CF47 8AF United Kingdom
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