Monday, 27 January 2014

postcards will be sent

What was a possible residency in Japan is now certain! Hurrah.  However, I shall not really believe it until I get on the plane and it takes off with me still on board which should be in March. I speak no Japanese so this may prove interesting and I hope I don't inadvertently cause a major diplomatic row or knock someone out by bowing at the wrong moment.  I am happy so far with the work I am making for the exhibition, there is still some way to go but it will get done in time. Being a far smaller scale than my usual work has been an interesting experience, as much as anything I have found it tricky trying to construct with smaller elements.  This is burnt lime with a wax finish, almost done.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

an art week and lost tea

The London Art Fair saturday evening, masses to see as usual.
Up early sunday morning to get down to south London for the sculpture brunch hosted by the sculptor Jeff Lowe. He has converted an old warehouse into a fabulous gallery, before this it housed artists studios and the front door goes into the space that I used as a studio some years ago. It is quite a transformation from messy studios into a huge, glorious light and airy space. It was fab to catch up with so many artists and some excellent presentations by Lee Tribe, Sam Cornish and Charles Hewlings
Wednesday evening I trundled along to a performance by Lisa Selby at the RBS HQ, It was packed, standing room only and it got even more squashed as those nearer the front moved back away from the tea being spilt all over the floor. I actually found it quite distressing to see women holding a cup of tea aloft for half an hour, seeing the difficulty of keeping still and the ache of holding the cup at all after a while. I didn't see the joke that others saw, I felt sorry for the performers, so the audience had a very mixed reaction.

 'warders' keeping cups straight and refilling when empty
 Spilt tea

Saturday, 4 January 2014


At the last minute, the Free Painters and Sculptors Society have been offered the Galleria Posk in Hammersmith. Private View on Thursday 9th Jan and the show is on now until the 16th. 
Dijana Bekvalac, Pasquale Cesare, Alexandra Harley and Joanna Ciechanowska are showing prints, sculptures and paintings. Invited guest artist; Wojciech A SobczyÅ„ski.
Curator: Joanna Ciechanowska
POSK Gallery, 238 King Street, W6 0RF
Nearest tube Ravenscourt Park (District Line) 
Exhibition open daily 5 - 16 January, 2014
10 - 9pm. Free entry 
Photos of the hang in progress

Pascale and Wojciech hanging paintings
My sculptures in front of Dijanas very fine drawings

Friday, 3 January 2014

more spinach required

I have been looking at the sculpture 'Gihon' that I made at the Vermont Studio Center thinking it is not finished. I decide that another cut through the marble is needed…..
 and several hours later………
I might be sometime

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Done gluing

It took sometime but the glueing is all finished-hurrah. It took ages as I waited for each face to dry before adding the next piece and often re-doing the previous work because it had slipped while drying. Moving by even just a fraction out and the whole thing would be out of kilter. It is done now and miraculously it does stand. Still a bit of polishing to do on the edges and then some proper photos