“I have an idea, then the work helps me finish the thought” – Sarah Bush
Sarah Bush works quietly in her studio, which is also a quiet palette of light neutrals – her colourful clothes jump out as she moves in her environment. Many of her paintings are also quiet: almost monochrome.
There is depth in her work – she uses layers to represent time and memory and space. As a mixed media artist, she literally puts in delicate slices of nature into some of her work. Text is also important, too.
Sarah Bush at work in her studio
As always, my curator’s eye was caught by a visual throwaway, briefly featured – the bottle and water. It was one of many still photos of her works, and then was in the background in her studio. I love it so much, I made it the feature picture for this article, so you can’t miss seeing it.
What are you thinking about today?
Try taking it into your artwork (of whatever medium) and see if that process develops the thought.
City Art Centre, Edinburgh have a current exhibition curated by printmaker Angie Lewin and Lizzie Farey (willow weaver) who invited ceramicist Frances Priest and artist/printmaker Bronwen Sleigh to exhibit also. (The exhibition runs until 18th February).
It was an absolute pleasure to be with them yesterday, at their “In Conversation” discussion, chaired by Amanda Game (independent curator and producer), and to hear them speaking about the process of making art and an exhibition together. The talk was facilitated with warmth by curator Maeve Toal.
The exhibition took 3 to 4 years to put together but was a really pleasant collaboration. The generous size of the exhibition space was a bonus, encouraging all the artists to work on a larger scale than usual. They also agreed on the process of pattern as important to their work, although they work in very different disciplines. There were also surprising associations, such as the ceramics tiles by Frances, likely to be used on a wall – and the architectural drawings by Bronwen.
If you prefer your Christmas trees left in nature, unchopped, au naturelle – then an alternative for December decoration is to buy yourself a print from Sandra Jordan Photography.
The print featured is “Winter Forest #1”. And, encouragingly, that number would lead you to assume that there are other photographs in a similar vein. And you would be right.
With a touch of the poetic and humorous, this particular series is called Cabin Fever – and Sandra describes it thus:
cabin fever noun
a term for a claustrophobic reaction that takes place when a person is isolated and/or shut in a small space, with nothing to do for an extended period.
I live in a busy city, I live with a busy mind, sometimes I feel trapped within my own limited space and have an urge to run away, to escape. Photographing this series allows me to stop, breathe and take stock. I hope that my photographs allow the viewer to experience the same sense of space, serenity and peace.
In this video, poet Ken Cockburn and artist Juliana Capes describe the great hall in the Scottish Portrait Gallery to a group of people with sight difficulties. They use poetic descriptions as well as poetry in what seems to be a very successful fusion. This and other similar events are organized by Artlink.
This film is part of Artlink’s Investigate Create project, bringing artists and audiences together to create innovative, accessible work. investigatecreate.co.uk
Here is some basic, sensible, practical good habits to get into, when getting together a space to paint. 8 minutes of video advice – but as the presenter says “hardwon” tips which it took him years to learn. He shares generously.