Beyond The Surface

10 Nov 2015 – 8 Dec 2015

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9am - 10 pm

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The Jam Factory

Oxford, United Kingdom

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Group Show with work by Megan Dunford, Eva Fahle-Clouts, Marjory Mulrooney, Rachel Dunford. These four artists based in West Dorset come together to exhibit their new work relating to the common idea of ‘The Surface'.


The surface in all it’s many interpretations, as an object, idea, illusion and space. The work shown relies on how the visitor approaches and interacts with the pieces allowing them to decide on what they are viewing. The artists aim to give those viewing the work a new experience and to leave the gallery with the ideas that all is not how it appears on the surface. 

Eva Fahle-Clouts - For some time Eva has been interested in W A T E R, the beauty of it, all of its qualities, the sheer amount on this planet - it is essential for us; without water we would not survive. Our body consists of a high percentage of water. And yet we don't treat water as a precious substance. All sorts of "cleaning" substances pollute our water: plastic bottles, bags and other plastic rubbish threaten our oceans and the animals living in it; air pollution causes acidic rainwater which can harm plants and buildings...

In her installation- capturing the beauty of water surfaces in her photography- she invites you to see beyond the surface of water by using plastic particles, objects and other non water-digestible materials found at her local beach in Lyme Regis, and plastic bags as well as plastic bottles of cleaning materials, which she has stored in old, used lobster pots. Together with poems, text and photographs  Eva creates an art work which expresses her environmental concerns and her love for water. 

Megan Dunford - The surface of traditional artistic mediums, particularly paint and the struggle of depicting an image is what motivates Megan’s work and methods. Within her practice she sets out to create a false sense of an image whilst probing the viewer to question what they are looking at. Subject matters such as disused landscapes that resonate with human feelings and objects that have been abandoned occur as a constant theme, naturally lend themselves to the abstraction and seductive colours that Megan prefers. This exhibition will include recent work and drawings for sale. 

Marjory Mulrooney - What lies beyond the surface can lead to a new understanding both of place and material. To take graphite as an example - a basic drawing medium which has now become perhaps the most exciting scientific material currently being researched, with studies and experiments based around its conductive, reflective and flexible qualities taking place in laboratories worldwide.
 For the artist, beyond the traditional use for drawing, its reflective qualities, can offer the viewer the opportunity of being a part of the Art work whilst the work itself responds to ambient lighting and surroundings. Distance, time and texture are also references which are picked up by the - at first sight - monochrome surfaces. With the introduction of colour one is led into more specific locations and other references begin to play a role with idea of a visual journey emerging. The materiality of graphite itself becomes the subject.

Rachel Dunford - Focuses on documenting the aspects of human life that are often overlooked or perhaps never talked about. Her photographs on the surface focus on the mundane objects of a domesticated lifestyle, but beyond this hint at the people and places they may belong to. Nothing is ever fully confirmed for the viewer. The objects are considered carefully and given the attention one may give someone who is sitting for a portrait, they carry and air of mystery that leave the onlooker wanting to know more of the story.



Gena Johns

Gena Johns

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Eva Fahle-Clouts

Marjory Mulrooney

Megan Dunford

Rachel Dunford


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