in the West
Oriel Myrddin, Cymru/Wales
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A series of paintings and 3 exhibitions entitled 'in the West', the work explores a condition of association and evocation in painting rather than representation and through that process painting exists in an in-between space described as 'ambiguous abstraction'. In this instance the post-colonial landscape is explored as an 'embodied experience' and how this experience of landscape might impact upon us now and into the future. Research was accumulated and source material gathered during a series of residencies, site visits, walks and journeys through coastal and rural locations from Aberteifi to Machynlleth in west Wales during 2011-2012. A family connection with Maesglas Farm, near Aberporth was established - this produced insight into the daily routine and passing seasons dominated by Welsh language and culture; the resilience of rural life, and the importance of community, culture, and the land. The Catalogue includes contributions by Meg Anthony (Gallery Manager, Oriel Myrddin Gallery) and Professor Mike Pearson (Aberystwyth University).
Arts Council of Wales, Carmarthenshire Council, Leeds College of Art, Centre for Fine Art Research (CFAR), Wales Institute for Research in Art & Design (WIRAD).