Celia Martin Perez has created an online exhibition with 50% of the sale price going to NHS charities. I do hope that you are able to log on to https://celiamartinperez.wixsite.com/mysite to see the incredible works that have been submitted. I am doing a lot of drawing during my Lockdown Home Residency, thinking through ideas and preparing for when I get back to the studio proper. "You are there" "Fruits and Flowers"
I wish you all well and I hope you are all coping in this difficult time. Artists are often solitary in their studios and the current online creativity is fantastic. I however should be a tad more careful what I wish for. I honestly
don’t think that I am responsible for this outbreak but just a while ago, I dreamt of being
able to have just two weeks solitary time in the studio and was planning how to achieve this. I wanted time to think,
draw and mull over ideas for a new project and be away from all distractions. After a dash to the studio for supplies a few days ago I am now working from home, the ‘new normal’ will be here for a while, we possibly, probably face several weeks, maybe months of isolation. As I write I am waiting to hear the outcome of several applications I have made before lock-down. Meanwhile, I am delighted that I was asked to take part in the Valley of Vision exhibition in Shoreham, an outdoor show in late June so there is a faint chance
it will go ahead. In preparation I have been working with paper, the food blender has been requisitioned (it
makes food taste bleurgh, so all soup will be lumpy from now on) and I am using
pulp to create textures on the stiff paper I usually use. I spent yesterday in the front garden masked up for the fumes painting 'Bizkarroi'
At home I am tackling the enormous list
of jobs as long as my arm, but I suspect I shall not be dealing with those with
A slightly altered version of this article will be featured in the Royal Society of Sculpture weekly bulletin
It has been a fine start to 2020 with a recorded discussion that I took part in with three other sculptors. 'This Stuff Matters' brings together myself, Gillian Brent, Jill Gibson and Sheila Vollmer. We recorded a far reaching and insightful discussion about our sculpture and our careers, with nearly 150 years of experience between us and we have seen huge changes. I shall be transcribing and editing the recording and this will be available on our website https://www.stuff-matters.co.uk We also managed to drink a lot of tea, the food was terrific and we had some lovely guests in the evening. Later in the year, we will all come together for a weekend event in Cullercoats near Newcastle in October, more news to follow as we progress.
Jill Gibson photographs of her sculpture
L_R My sculpture 'Clymdych', ceramic and wire, Gillian Brent, mixed media, Sheila Vollmer, (wall mounted) wood