It’s All Over

After three weeks at the Oxmarket Gallery in Chichester, the time came last Sunday to take down our work.  I thoroughly enjoyed the run, meeting lots of new people, chatting to other artists, and of course handing over five pieces of my work to their new homes.  Nicola Hancock did a great job of curating the exhibition, displaying her own work along with four other artists who each came from different walks of life, offering up different methodologies and outcomes, but whose work all reflected on how creativity offered release to those suffering mental anguish in some form – here the title “Creative Redemption.”  Several visitors told me how good it was to see some contemporary work displayed in this gallery in a new and exciting way.

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I sold two collages and three pieces of sculpture …

 

… and, just as importantly, received lots of positive feedback and encouragement from visitors.  Several said that they were off to the beach to see what they could find and I would love to hear from them – as long as they took a bag to pick up the rubbish at the same time, that is all fine with me!  Others related to the theme of the exhibition and chatted about the restorative power of stitch or other forms of creativity.

So, I am now thinking about my next project.  I will certainly exhibit at this venue again and am thinking in terms of combining my found objects with recycled everyday items to create a new body of work.

Thank you to the Oxmarket Gallery, Nicola Hancock, Terry Hancock at ReFrame, and to my husband for helping me along the way.  Until next time ….

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Retracing Nature at Make Hauser & Wirth Somerset.

So looking forward to seeing this!

Stuart Cairns

Retracing Nature is a two person show opening on the 8th of February at Make Hauser & Wirth Somerset, I am showing a new series of vessels alongside utensils with  Ceramicist Adam Buick.

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“Stuart Cairns is a contemporary metalsmith using the forms of silversmithing objects, of dining and ritual, as places to explore materials and tell stories. The visual language created emerges from his immersion in landscape whether through walking, wild swimming, photography, drawing or gathering. Utilising found objects and materials collected on walks through his local landscape, combined with steel and patinated silver, Cairns creates unique, small forms, intimate in nature, translating elements of this personal journey. With this collection, conceived for Make, Cairns returns to vessel forms, set alongside the shapes of utensils and tools, acting as physical representations of a lived landscape, alive with memory.

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Objects are drawn out of the natural lines of grasslands and wetlands…

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And they’re up!

Delighted to say that the hanging is complete and the exhibition “creative redemption” at the Oxmarket Gallery will open at 10.00 tomorrow.

As well as my mixed media collages, assemblages and sculptures, I added a few items that were not for sale but show the visitors the sort of things that I find:

The left hand images shows three oil filters in various stages of composition and the right hand image is of an old workman’s boot to which I have added a found jumble of fishing wire and seaweed.

I am looking forward to spending time with the other artists and chatting to visitors about the exhibition of the next three weeks.

creative redemption: 22 January to 10 February Chichester

I am very excited to say that I will be taking part in “creative redemption” at The Oxmarket  Gallery in Chichester.  As their site says,

“This is a moving exhibition by artists all of whom, in their own way, have benefitted from the restorative powers of their personal creative process. In the honesty of revealing the wounded condition, powerfully sensitive works of art have been born; beautiful in their own right, but also serving to offer empathy, encouragement and hope.

With refreshing honesty, Helen Frost, Christine Habib, Nicola Hancock, Helio Teles and Julie Turner have revealed the wounded condition through their individual response, presenting a highly sensitive and powerful collection of works.”

Here is an example of each of their work:

Christine Habib
Nicola Hancock
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Helio Teles
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Julie Turner

The exhibition runs from  –  Tuesday – Sunday 10 – 4.30 and there is a “Meet the Artist” session with tea and cakes Saturday 2nd February 2 – 4 p.m.  We hope to see you there!

Finding Inspiration …

Most days I walk along the beach – I call it “Beachcombing” but it is just noticing what is around me and picking up any items that “speak” to me (as well as litter and marine debris).  I don’t necessarily know how I will use the pieces that I collect but there will be something about the colour, shape and most often, texture, that draws my attention.  The object might be metal, wood, plastic, cloth, rubber or any manner of material but there is usually a common thread.  This is that the item will have started out as useful – mass produced, neat and tidy.  By the time I find out, when the sea has done it’s work, the once pristine, utilitarian thing has become a unique piece – worn and tattered and no longer of any use to anyone – except me and others who appreciate this kind of thing.  Here are some items from this morning’s walk from Climping to Littlehampton.

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Back home, my finds are all “filed” according to material but only after I have photographed them and added them to the appropriate folder on the computer.  Thus I have two ways of looking for items that I think will work together although I am pretty good at remembering what I have.