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I finished a sculpture at Tynemouth Longsands beach yesterday by dipping it in the sea water. I’ve more images and this photographic series and they will be available as original photographic prints in the near future. Have a great week and come back soon for the next blog post. Cheers!
Last week Cass Sculpture Foundation put on a four day event for artists to create their posters, artworks in thirty minutes on one of the advertising panels of JCDecaux in Tottenham Court Road. Many artists took opportunity and did their poster. I contributed with collage ‘Organic Snails I’ and to my delight and surprise, our works are being shown on big JCDecaux digital screens for another week on major stations in London – Kings Cross, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Charing Cross, Victoria Station, Euston, Cannon Street, Fenchuch Street, Waterloo and some other cities including Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham new street, Birmingham international, Edinburgh and Liverpool. I would like to say a massive THANK YOU to Cass Sculpture Foundation and Cass Art for making all this happen and give us the chance to show our works to crowds of people! If you’d like to read more about it, click here.
Not often one gets a chance to show work to millions. Exactly this was made possible as Cass Sculpture Foundation is currently celebrating twenty years of commissioning new work from emerging and established artists, and they parallel with the spectacular Tony Cragg‘s sculptures on Exhibition Road and near by museums put on the event called ‘Art Outside’. Conceived by Sir John Hegarty and in collaboration with JCDecaux, aims to give artists a platform to showcase their work.
From 17 September, for four days (from 10am – 5pm), artists are invited to create masterpieces on a giant outdoor easel. Each person will create an artwork, which will be showcased across the UK until 9 October on the JCDecaux digital poster network and will be seen by over 8 million people. The large screens are Liverpool Street, King‘s Cross, StPancras, Waterloo and major stations across the UK.
My half hour was a thrill for me. I had to take the opportunity and create something too! I made ‘Organic Snails’. If you see the screens and you manage to take a snap, please send it over. I’d be grateful. Thank you. Watch out for organic poster looking like these images:
I’m doing some live grape extraction sculpting on Sunday 2nd September and Tuesday 4th September. You can find me inside the fantastic new Library and Community centre in Barking on both days from 1pm. Follow the signs. More information will be available at http://www.moltenfestival.org/ soon. More about grape extraction and my art here. For the brochure including the programme click this pdf. I’m looking forward to your visit.
I returned from a long holiday in Portugal, which never tires me of its beauty and the inspirational nature and the coast. I want to share with you some research photographs from the Algarve region. Olhao, Faro, Islans of Armona, Farol and Culatra, are a few favourite places these photos come from. I particularly admired the organic salt farms of Ria Formosa, stretching on the ground like rugs, reminding me of lanes of snow in the winter Slovakia. See what you think of my selection of images:
I would like to share some exciting news with you again, my dear readers. I’m a part of a collective of creative souls, called Fabelist. This platform acts as a support mechanism for sharing ideas, projects and much more. You can watch this video, where Francesca Goodwin from Fabelist talks about what Fabelist represents.
This May, Fabelist is taking part in The Other Art Fair, 10-13th May 2012, P3 Ambika on Marylebone Road, London, NW1. This new dynamic art fair started last year. It offers to unrepresented artists to shine, show and sell directly, without any gallery fees, to collectors, galleries and public. It all started already with a pre-fair party at Boxpark in Shoreditch on 3rd May. If you missed it, you can see this short video, where I talked to artist Pernilla Iggstrom during the event and more.
Some ‘Fabelisters‘ will be showing their remarkable art in their stands, and there are many interesting projects happening during the fair too, all part of Fabelist Market Place. It offers so much, starting with Edible Art Movement (which I introduced previously here), to ‘Meet the artists’ sessions and master-classes by the artists, there is so much happening! Make sure to check-out the Fabelist Market Place link for the full programme.
As you might have guessed from the post title, I’ll be sharing my ‘Grape extraction’ technique during the fair at the Fabelist Market Place on Sunday, 13th May at midday. Come to observe or try for yourself, how I made my ‘From the Bottom of the Sea’ sculptures. This Master-class session is for one hour only, so plan you day accordingly, if you’re interested. Find me by this ‘Organic Table’, which I approached like an installation itself. I’m really looking forward to it! If you’re not sure what ’Grape extraction’ is, you can watch a short video from the time when I discovered the technique. (Find the video under the ‘Organic Table’.)
Another tip for you, while visiting The Other Art Fair! Stop by the FAD OFFICE as well! My friends, extraordinary artists – Coffee+Sponge duo will be presenting on Friday, 11th May at 16.55 as part of Fabelist presentation by Francesca Goodwin (her presentation starts at 4.30pm) and then Coffee&Sponge will be running off to perform at Art Macabre/Cass Art’s life drawing salon for 18.00, which is going to be I’m sure a unique one!
I hope to see you there! Email me if you’d like to come to any of these events, and I can send you your free ticket! Cheers.
I indulge with this image of my new salt oil painting on luscious khaki cotton rag paper of 30 cm. Part of small works for sale directly from my studio. Please call for enquiries.
Homage to English Lichens, 2012.
This is my first entry in my blog that is musically inspired. I’ve been recently following The European Azerbaijan Society in London. After my visit and exhibition in Azerbaijan in December 2011, I’ve become increasingly interested in the country and its culture and that brought me to a special concert last Wednesday, 22.Feb.2012 – Khojaly Commemoration Concert, at St. John’s, Smith Square. This event, organised by The European Azerbaijan Society, commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Khojaly Massacre, during which 613 civilians lost their lives. The Orion Orchestra performed, featuring Sue Perkins and Nicholas Collon (conductors), Guy Johnston (cello) and gorgeous Sabina Rakcheyeva (violin). The atmosphere of the music and the whole place was intense and the sounds were very powerful. I found the concert enriching and inspiring. One might ask how is this post relevant to an artist’s sculpture blog? Well, I find inspiration in many places, they interestingly change. The experience of the concert made me think. I find difficult to put those feelings experienced during the evening in words. But I know, this isn’t the end of the Azerbaijan chapter for me.
Happy New Year dear friends!
I’m here in Baku. I’m typing from my grand hotel room in the centre of the town and thinking, the generosity of this nation is amazing. I was travelling from London with an artist from Wales, Andrew Evens. I’ll introduce Andrew in more detail very soon. I’m full of positive thoughts and feel like a princess in a foreign far culture. The buildings are somehow different, I’ve never seen architecture like that before. I’m waiting to find out, what the rest of I see is like. Later on this evening catching a flight to Gabala, where the exhibition will be held. I’m hoping to have time to post images as well. That is all for now, I’m off to see some sights in Baku. Have a great day and more blogging from Azerbaijan coming soon. : )
The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art showcases emerging British artists represented by the London Gallery, Debut Contemporary, located in Notting Hill.
Their roster of artists reads like a who’s who of the young, UK art scene, including Rosie Emerson, Tahnee Lonsdale, and Agnetha Sjogren.
Works by these and other collectible artists will be available for sale at OCCCA. The founders of Debut Contemporary are husband and wife duo, Samir Ceric and Zoe Knight, named by the British press as, “one of UK’s most powerful couples in art and fashion.”