Thursday, 1 October 2015

And Breathe...

That time has rolled round again and our Shop and Gallery are now home to two new exhibitions. Both officially opening this Friday from 5.30pm, we have Jayne Wilton showcasing her work exploring the human breath in the Gallery, and Crisis Maker-in-Residence Daisy Webb with her detailed pen drawings in the Shop.

Jayne has been working for the last ten years on ways to explore and record the human breath. Using a combination of traditional and more experimental techniques, Jayne has managed to capture different aspects of the human breath through a variety of forms.

The copper plates pictured were captured from a range of individuals, including scientists working with the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. The idea was inspired by an interaction many of us have experienced- the condensation of your breath upon a shiny surface such as a mirror or window.

Daisy works here at the Old Fire Station as our Crisis Maker-in-Residence, working with Crisis members to get them involved in our public Visual Art offer. She also occupies one of our artist studios where she works on her own art practice.

Her minutely detailed pen drawings explore the tension between our minds and bodies, the old 'Jekyll and Hyde' dichotomy of man and beast, mind over matter. The drawings aim to capture a moment of transformation, as either the mind or body take control- which do you think has won?

Jayne and Daisy will both be holding workshops over the coming month. Jayne will be sharing and teaching some of the experimental drawing techniques used in And Breathe... this Saturday from 1 - 3pm, and Daisy will also be exploring experimental drawing techniques on the 24 October. Please come along if you fancy trying a different kind of drawing!

Both the exhibitions run until the 14th November, and are open Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 6pm.

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