Sunday, 30 December 2012

Discerning Eye

A few weeks ago now, I visited the Discerning Eye exhibition at the Mall Galleries, where my friend Wendy Horler, had two paintings on display. I had mixed feelings about some parts of the exhibition, but like the Royal Academy's Summer exhibition, the sheer density of artwork from such a wide range of artists, and curated in sections by different people, means that inevitably, I came away inspired. These are a few of the artists who caught my eye.
Jessie Brennan has drawn the most incredible landscape made from all the ordinary things in our office.  Whether for aesthetics, concept or pure drawing skill, surely everybody can be inspired by this?  I think I found it mesmerising for all three.
Betty Fraser Myerscough is an inspiration to me to figure out how my (Gran's) sewing machine works.    Without undermining the beauty, planning and construction of her incredible textile pieces, her work struck me as textile collage held together by a mass of straight lines - surely, in my current embroidery experiments (yet to be shared here), I can at least conquer straight lines on the machine?  Sadly I couldn't find the pieces from the exhibition, which seem to combine the qualities of both the pictures above - a crazy mass of text amidst a mountain of buildings.
Although Meg Lipke paints more abstractly than I usually prefer, I was inspired by the media she experiments with - she seems to play with layers through wax resist, batik, collage, watercolours, inks, in a way that comes together very vividly.

Many things for me to try in 2013!