Group Exhibition: Sue Coulson, Zoe Hudson, Andrew Phillips, Muriel Soriano

Venue Space: Garden Room Gallery

Running time Weekdays 9am to 5.30pm and Saturdays 9am to 1pm through 24 July. Closed Sundays

Curated by and Dartington Arts

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About this event

Water, in all its forms, and locations, is the underlying theme which inspires all the artists in this exhibition. From that starting point they each have their own responses.

Meet the Artists: there will be a chance to meet and talk informally with the artists in the Garden Room Gallery on Friday, 6 July from 13:00 to 15:00.

Sue Coulson says: using drawing, photography, written text and performance, I have recurring themes surrounding identity, weaving together real and imagined narratives, always making poetic reference to aspects of the human condition, and the paradox of a cultural desire for change that at the same time resists change.

The charcoal drawings are from Being on A Wave, a body of work that examines the uneasy relationship between the natural and the manmade –– the static anxiety of waiting, the pause and sense of anticipation which marks a suspension of time and the longing to return when the narrative moves relentlessly onward with its slow terrifying topple into the next moment.

Zoe Hudson says: As an environmental artist, my passion is being committed to expressing the visual beauty of our Global Ocean through my artwork. Alongside this, I raise awareness of Ocean Acidification and what we can do to help it. It is of critical importance we respond to this plight of our Global Ocean.

The artworks that I create come forward from a meditative space through an alchemical blend of sacred water from locations in the UK and France. They are created with inks that swirl together as one, with an intention to inspire a renewed remembrance and appreciation of our deep connection with the water on this blue jewel we call home.

Andrew Phillips says: of all Nature’s forms, mountains especially remind us of our capacity for awe, as they exist between the finite and the eternal — the threshold of the known and unknown. My work inhabits this imaginal space, responding to the presence of the physical world, and a more intangible inner sense of mystery. This is what draws me to the North, in both the geographic sense as a place of invigorating and wild spaces, and spiritually, where North can symbolise a transformative place at the edge of the natural and supernatural.

This work considers felt experience of landscapes to be part of an intuitive conversation with the land as entity, rather than a consequence of our own human projections. The artwork is, in part, an act of devotion to the body of Earth, to engage the Spirit of Place, and distil a tangible essence of the ‘skull beneath the skin’ of landscape.

Muriel Soriano says: when I paint, the raw materials that compose the visible world become unsoldered from their original form and give way to a micro-macro vision of what is. Here, they allow me a glimpse into another world beyond the one I see. As the paint glides along the canvas, a new world unfolds and gives way to new impressions that are sometimes to be covered with more paint, sometimes to be transformed by thin layers that drip and others that get scratched or skimmed over, resulting in more abstract works. What interests me is the space within things and around things, not the things themselves. It’s here in this ‘non-form’ world, that yet evokes form, that I feel at peace and can let my mind and eye drift into space.

My seascapes are the result of long meditative walks along the banks of the Seine, and lately along the banks of the Dart, just before they reach the Chanel, that special place known as an estuary, where the salt water meets the sweet river water. The movement of the sand under my feet and the relentless to and fro of the waters, always the same, always different, are the inspiration that gave birth to this ongoing series.

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