Debbie Ayles explores the multidimensional identity of architecture by looking at buildings in their surroundings and how they reflect and absorb them, creating a new perception designed to awaken the imagination of a viewer.
Starting with an image she deconstructs it, gradually reducing it to shapes and grids that hold it together revealing not only the patterns within a subject but also the spaces between the forms. Included are shadows, reflections, sunbursts, clouds, people and other chance elements that have all contributed to the way it looked at that one moment in time when first glimpsed.
The resulting acrylic and waterolour paintings blend and blur the relationship between environment, buildings and the activites within.
Michele Connell works with red earthenware and decorated with sgraffito, slip and underglaze oxide colours. She has used rich imagery on each of her press - moulded bowls. Surface decoration is important and natural forms, often from her own garden, are used for inspiration. Michele also finds the theme of interiors a powerful one: an empty interior, or a single figure in a room is presented, often in juxtaposition with exterior views through an open door or window. This also permits the fusion of past and present, at home and elsewhere.