July 11th, 2016
July 11 2016
Anne De Terese Keersmaeker Tate Modern
Over the weekend the renowned Belgian choreographer Anne De Terese Keersmaeker and her company Rosas were performing Work/Travail/Arbeid in the Turbine Hall Tate Modern. The music, composed by Gérard Grisey was played live by musicians with the collective name Ictus: a grand piano, flute, clarinet, violin, viola and cello. I drew Anne De Terese Keersmaeker in 2012 when she performed at the opening of the Tanks at Tate Modern. It was fantastic to have the opportunity again to watch and draw Keersmaeker’s choreography and see the excellent Rosas dancers performing.
A small selection of the many drawings I made, I will work from the drawings to create monotypes and etchings, maybe even a painting:
Wishing for more Rosas rehearsals/performances …
June 3rd, 2016
3 June 2016
Open Studio this weekend
at Second Floor Studios & Arts
Harrington Way (off Warspite Road) London SE18 5NR
Friday to Sunday 3 – 5 June. 1.00 – 7.00pm
I am in Unit 0, Studio 17, by the river beyond the Royal Iris boat
(If you would like to use the lift please text me for the code 07803609977)
Between One Breath and The Next. Sugar-lift etching, edition of 40
May 9th, 2016
May 9 2016
Brighton Festival 2016. Tilted Productions Dress rehearsal
Brighton Festival 2016 @brightfest, BELONGING(s) dress rehearsal, a promenade performance, began in the council office underground car park and moved outside gradually getting closer to the sea, by the time we reached the sea-front the cast had doubled in size, the sun was setting and the sea became the atmospheric back drop for this thought provoking fascinating performance.
BELONGING(S) Tilted Productions, choreographer: Maresa Von Stockert
May 4th, 2016
May 4 2016
Tilted Productions. BELONGING(s)
Feeling privileged to have spent yesterday drawing choregrapher Maresa von Stockert’s Tilted Productions rehearsal of BELONGING(s) at Greenwich Dance, where I am Artist in Residence. Looking forward to drawing the dress rehearsal next Friday at Brightfest 2016
April 28th, 2016
April 28 2016
Last week I took part in a week long sculpture course, mornings were spent at the V&A drawing, afternoons in a beautiful victorian studio close to the museum, sculpting under the exceptional tutoring of sculptor Marcus Cornish. Here are 2 of my 3 heads.
Ali sculpted in brown wax
Vanessa sculpted in yellow wax
It was a joy to work with the wax, a very different experience to working with unforgiving wire, so good to be tutored and to work with others. I feel encouraged to explore the wax modelling further, but for now I must concentrate on completing a wire life size sculpture and printing etchings for our Open Studios in June.
April 28th, 2016
April 27 2016
Where To See My Work
Blackheath Gallery. 7 May – 18 June. Corpus
Greenwich Dance. Drawing, painting & etching. Solo show
until 20 May
Greenwich Printmakers Gallery. Group show
Spring Exhibition until 8 May
Early Summer Exhibition 11 May – 3 July
Mid Summer Exhibition 6 July – 4 September
Harefield Hospital, Middx. Group show
30 April – 27 July
My Open Studio
3 – 5 May. My studio: studio 17 Unit 0
No Format Gallery
Residency with 2 other artists, more information to follow
18 – 24 July
Affordable Art Fair, Battersea
Showing on Greenwich Printmakers Stand
20 – 23 October
April 27th, 2016
April 27 2016
Protein Dance. May Contain Food
Fabulous new show from Protein at The Place then touring, from choreographer Luca Silvestrini with a wonderful a cappella score from Orlando Gough. Eight performers are our waiters, four dancers and four singers who sing, dance and mime question our relationships with food, the confusing roles food plays in our lives and the controversial messages we are given about food. Humorous, touching and delicious.
April 20th, 2016
20 April 2016
Pavilion Dance. Parkinson’s Awareness Day
In November 2015 I was asked by Pavilion Dance to visit Bournemouth to draw in a dance class for people with Parkinson’s disease, the artwork was made into a printed limited edition of 10 prints with the title Dance for Parkinson’s and sold at auction to help raise money to develop more of these invaluable classes across the south-west.
17 April I was invited back to Pavilion Dance to take part in their Parkinson Awareness Day and display some of the drawings made during the class. It was a fascinating day of talks, participation in movement, singing and discussion.
April 19th, 2016
April 18 2016
COAL. Gary Clarke Company
On Friday I went to The Place to see Gary Clarke Company’s brilliant COAL. Visceral, passionate, speaks to your very soul.
A couple of sketches drawn in the dark
Coal is touring
March 25th, 2016
March 25 2016
This week I have been experimenting with Monoprints. A Monoprint is a form of printmaking where the print is made only once, unlike most printmaking where a limited edition of each image is made. I have painted directly on to the plate using my drawings as inspiration, The first is from a drawing made of Ballet Black‘s performance at the Barbican: Storyville
Storyville. Ballet Black
Leaving Traces III
You Flicker. I Cannot Touch You.
I am beginning a new series of etchings inspired by lines of poetry. The first in the series is inspired by Sylvia Plath‘s Poppies In July:
“You flicker. I cannot touch you.
I put my hands among the flames. Nothing burns”