Exhibition still up and I am back from Florida!

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged- mainly because I was super busy getting the exhibition ready.  Then, I flew off to Brooksville, Florida for 3 weeks where I had a nice time in the woods, visiting Mom & Dad, siblings, nieces, nephews, uncles, banana spiders, cows and Rocky the cat.

Back to the exhibition- it is up until August 31st at the Python Gallery in Middlesbrough. If you haven’t seen it yet and can pop down, please do so. TP Cafe is there and the opening hours are Monday-Friday 8.30-5.00 pm. They have delicious coffee and food.

I’m proud of this two person show, a collaboration between my husband (p.a. morbid) and myself. Few couples have art exhibitions together, so it is certainly unique. Our styles are different, but we are both intuitive and visionary.  p.a. morbid is self-taught and prolific while I have been schooled and am obsessive, taking many hours or years to finish one piece. He tends to work fast, though his pieces can gestate for many months. Mine gestate as well and I often work from references, challenging myself to render a scene or character. Sometimes I work spontaneously with no imagery in mind, but often I have a plan. p.a. morbid is the same, often incorporating words and poetry with his imagery.

We had a great opening night, a lot of friends and supporters turned out. I am looking forward to going down to the gallery and reading the comments left behind in the book.

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I am also including some of my favourite photographs from my recent holiday in Brooksville, Florida. The property I grew up on (from age of 5 upwards) and where my parents still live is magical. It was the wettest I’d seen it, as they have had much rain over the past months. The pastures were spongy and there were streams everywhere, some washing away parts of the road and driveway.

The oak trees just keep getting bigger and the place was full of life: hawks, crows, wild turkeys, deer, spiders, lizards, mosquitoes, frogs, wild pigs, cows and grasshoppers (just to name a few).

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Summer Solstice

Happy Summer Solstice Everybody!

It’s been a mixed day for me; a leak in the bathroom has been stressing me out, along with trying to finish work for the upcoming show (opens July 6th @ Python Gallery).

But the solstice didn’t let me down, as the fabulous writer/editor Kate Garrett-Nield contacted me about using one of my ‘Death Out and About’ paintings on the cover of her newest chapbook ‘Land and Sea and Turning’, which will be published by CWP (Cringe-Worthy Poets) Collective Press in the States!

This really made my f***ing day because I was feeling down in the dumps about the bathroom leak and struggling with the art;  having negative thoughts about it, feeling like no one cares and that I will die penniless and alone (because I will probably outlive Morbid).

Then Kate contacted me and it was a reminder that people do care and that if we stick together, we can thrive.

Here is Kate’s website: Kate Garrett Writes

Here is Cringe-Worthy Poets site: Cringe Worthy Poets Collective Press

 

Postcards from the Edge

I made some postcards for the upcoming show in July. They feature some of the imagery from the collage work I did for some of the canvases. This collage features letters that Morbid and I wrote to each other from 2008-2010, drawings, photographs and film magazine images/text from the 1970s.

Each postcard is different and has an eye formed out of a gold yarn with mini sequins. This could be symbolic of the golden thread that embraces the other and welcomes the vision that acceptance of the other will bring.

These will be for sale at the show for £3 each.

We are also working on a zine which will be available throughout the exhibition.

Exciting times!

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Podcasts: What am I listening to?

Art as Experience: Podcasts

Art as Experience podcast

‘Art as Experience is an hour-long radio show dedicated to looking at art.   Tom Xenakis and Sheila Blake share their experiences with what they’ve been looking at and thinking about – aiming to help listeners to create in their soul, in their experience, their own work of art.’

 

STANCE PODCAST

Stance podcast 

‘Stance Podcast is an independent arts, culture and current affairs podcast exploring diverse, global perspectives. Presented as a transatlantic conversation between broadcasters, Chrystal Genesis in London and Heta Fell in San Francisco, Stance aims to inform, entertain and inspire action. A new episode is released on the 1st of every month.’

 

Lovett or Leave It podcast

‘Jon Lovett, former Obama speechwriter and co-host of Pod Save America, is joined by comedians, actors, journalists, and many, many renowned Friends of the Pod for a roundup of the week’s top news. Rants! Games! Bad impressions! Nuanced discussion! Recorded in front of a live audience.’

 

 

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About Race podcast

‘From the author behind the bestselling Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, comes a podcast that takes the conversation a step further. Featuring key voices from the last few decades of anti-racist activism, About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge looks at the recent history that lead to the politics of today.’

 

 

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Living Myth podcast

‘Mosaic’s Living Myth project seeks to bring the enlightening, transforming and healing power of mythic imagination to a world facing global problems that include both radical changes in nature and massive disruptions of culture. Given the scope and complexity of the problems, there can be no single idea, specific political movement or patented belief system that can save us. Rather, there is a growing need for diverse ideas, inspiring narratives and life-saving practices.’

 

 

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Visionary Activist Show podcast

‘Dedicated to “anything we need to know to have a democracy”: Democratic Animism, Pragmatic Mysticism, Applied Divination, Renaissance of Reverent Ingenuity. Hosted by Caroline Casey. Her guests are allies contributing to a culture of reverent ingenuity. Critique and Solution.’

 

TED Talks Daily

Ted Talks Daily podcast

‘Want TED Talks on the go? Every weekday, this feed brings you our latest talks in audio format. Hear thought-provoking ideas on every subject imaginable — from Artificial Intelligence to Zoology, and everything in between — given by the world’s leading thinkers and doers.’

 

 

 

The Witch Wave

Witch Wave podcast

‘The Witch Wave is a podcast for bewitching conversation about magic, creativity, and culture. On each episode, host Pam Grossman speaks with a leading visionary about art and Craft.’

 

 

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Agitpod podcast

‘Journalists Owen Jones and Ellie Mae O’Hagan chat all things political as part of a new fortnightly podcast.’

Doodle for Doodle’s Sake

Did you know that the UK’s Creative Industries are now worth £84.1 billion per year to the UK economy?

Yeah, me neither.

Anyhow, the thing about doodling is that the only purpose is to play with lines, shapes and colours.

For me, there is nothing academic about it, it will not be mass produced or sold, it will not be used for self-promotion, though it could be used to promote doodling. And in this world where global capitalism is the patriarchal king, I find this a revolutionary practice. Plus, it eases my anxiety.

Even if some of these doodles could be used to decorate a product, I won’t do so.

Here are some of my favourites from this year.

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Some Paintings from the 1940s: Freaky Deaky Style

 

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Victor Brauner, Acolo, Encaustic and collage on paper on board
29 x 21 1/2 in. (panel, sight), 1949, Lindy and Edwin Bergman Collection, 102.1991

 


 

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Ithell Colquhoun, GorgonOil on board, 22¾ x 22¾in. (57.8 x 57.8cm.), 1946, Private Collection

 


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Wifredo LamOil on canvas, 84 3/5 × 77 3/5 in, 215 × 197 cm,  1947, Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen, Berlin

 


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Roberto Matta, Octrui,  141 x 195 cm, 1947

 


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Edith Rimmington, The Oneiroscopist, Oil on canvas, 1947, The Vera and Arturo Schwarz Collection of Dada and Surrealist Art in the Israel Museum.

 


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Kay SageUnicorns Came Down to the SeaOil on canvas, 36 1/4 x 28 1/4 inches (92.1 x 71.8cm), 1948

2018: The Year of the Journal and Healing with Art

This year I am connecting with my roots as an artist. Why do I make art? It’s not for a career, for money or for recognition. It’s for myself. For my own self-healing and personal expression which helps me cope with life.

I’ve been dabbling with some online courses and creating some journals to record the experiments.

Below are some pages from my ‘Healing with the Arts’ journal.

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The inner critic

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What are the obstacles and barriers that stand in my way?

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Spirit animal: the stag!

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The above exercises are from a  course on Coursera and called ‘Healing with the Arts’ from the University of Florida.

You can find a link to the course here-  About this course: Through art projects—including visual arts, dance, writing, and music—along with spiritual practices and guided imagery, Healing With the Arts gives you the tools to heal what you need to heal in your life: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

Coursera offers video lectures, readings and peer assessed assignments. It uses a combination of therapeutic expressive art modalities in a 6 week format. I keep extending my deadlines on this one so I can take my time with it- you have six months to complete this can switch sessions as needed.

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Another online course is from Udemy and is called ‘Arts Therapy- Arts Therapy for Self Healing’.

Here is the link: Art Therapy : Therapeutic Art and The Healing Process of Therapeutic Art For Self Expression and Self Healing

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This course has a plethora of activities and techniques to try out. It is presented in this animated format. I was a bit disappointed with this at first, but quickly grew to enjoy it and find it strangely hypnotic.

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Here’s my journal entry for creating Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Truth be told I signed onto this course a year ago and have done about 25%- and that’s OK, there are no deadlines with this one, you go at your own rate.

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In conclusion, I will continue working on my Butoh dance journal in 2018. For me this is an exploration of the shadow and healing through pen and ink figurative studies using secondary source imagery; photos I find online of Butoh dancers.

You can read a telling blog article about healing and Butoh, click here: Butoh and My Right to Heal. 

Below- pages from Butoh visual journal

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I wish you all a creative 2018 with lots of health, healing and abundance.