'Snowdrops and Candles Soothed the Bedside'29. Jul - 30. Aug 14 / ended Apple Store Gallery
Tuesday to Friday, 9.30 to 4.30 and Saturday,10.00 to 1.00
New work on a theme by Vivienne Sole and Jane Tudge
Viv Sole and Jane Tudge respond to the poem Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney – in their own very different ways.
Viv Sole uses a mix of found objects and her own skilfully crafted work to reflect this achingly sad poem. Her minimalist, elegant pieces continue her practice's investigation into loss, love and memories. Her restrained palette and carefully chosen materials are evident again in new works like As in His Cot, in which she has stitched hundreds of white marble chippings to a baby blanket – a quiet powerful work.
A child's scuffed white shoes, aged and other-worldly, carry not only the suggestion of a past life, but also highlight the feelings of absence and loss. Baby socks, blanket, toy soldiers all tell their story, while a tiny teddy bear wearing a black armband alludes to those strange roadside tributes that are becoming ubiquitous.
Book Art has long been a Sole enthusiasm, and created for this exhibition is the altered book "Guess how much I love you" and an album with a title taken directly from Heaney's poem "wearing a poppy bruise"
Tudge is showing a body of work made specially for this exhibition, which explores in depth the snowdrops and candles of the exhibition's title. With a garden full of snowdrops that every year she just doesn't get round to, this year she just had to. True to the parameters she has set herself, that of using imagery which is 'true' (her own) the candles are in the beat-up, rustic chandelier that hangs in her sitting room and the snowdrops are from her own garden, although another, more aspirational chandelier is also evident, inspired by an interiors email advert sent to her.
Her practice is process driven, predicated on the idea that to remember is to reconstruct. She makes reconstructions, objects in their own right rather than pictures of objects, made of and trapped in wax, preserved for ever. These images are like physical photograms; whereby only the shadows are worked on to create the image. This is an idea she continues to explore. As she says ' We live in an era of visual overload. Images are available at the click of a mouse. I am interested in how little visual information is needed for the viewer to understand – the bare bones of an image'.
She is also showing a collection of 'bas relief' waxworks, delicate white on white reconstructions of lace and crochet embellished bedsheets and other linen.
Jane Tudge has been selected as one of four book artists to make a specially commissioned piece for Salt Road and Herefordshire Council Library Services which will be part of a touring exhibition starting in September across museums and libraries in the West Midlands, including The Woolhope Room, Herford Library; The Commandery, Worcester; Winterbourne House and Gardens, Birmingham; the Library of Birmingham; and Haden Hill House Museum and Art Gallery, Sandwell.
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