Black Mountain Festival, Herbert’s Quarry 2014

Current Exhibitions, What I've been up to

Ive been away for a while! So now I’m going to catch up! Here are some images of my work from my final MA module photographed in their natural surroundings of the Black Mountains. Herbert’s Quarry is the birthplace of this work, both in inspiration and materials and so I wanted to show the work in its natural environment. ENJOY!IMG_3189
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Quarry

What I've been up to

Quarry

This year has started very slowly for me and my work but today I headed out onto the mountains and saw some amazing things that have inspired me. This photograph is of the inside of a crack inside a layer of stone at Herbert’s Quarry, on the Black Mountain in South Wales. The site of the photograph is the remains of a once thriving industry that spanned atleast 200 years. In parts of the site layers of rock have been uncovered which has resulted in banks of stone that resemble huge steps and these layers have cracks that span the whole length of the stone which is a perfect place for all sorts of plant life to thrive. I was fascinated by the range of colours and of being able to see even further into the earth thanks to the splits and cracks made both my man and plant life and its roots.

Sense Of Place – Elysium Gallery, Swansea

What I've been up to

Sense Of Place - Elysium Gallery, Swansea

Preview: Friday 24th January 2014 7 – 9pm

Exhibition continues until: Saturday 8th February

Sarah Lees | Katie Jane Vickers | Hugh Williams | Matthew Thomas | Catherine Bowen Jones

‘Sense of Place’ is an exhibition of five artists all currently studying on the new and exciting MA at The University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen taught by Bryan Thomas, Iwan Bala and Peter Finnemore. This cross-media exhibition will include glass work and photography by Catherine Bowen-Jones whose work is based on her memories of her mothers’ watchful eyes through net curtains from her childhood home. Sculpture is represented by Hugh Williams’ birds. Made with welded steel and found objects. Hugh captures the essence of birds using humorous, abstracted forms. Painting by Sarah Lees, whose small scale oil paintings represent wasteland with the use of dissolving, shifting lyrical forms and spots and dabs of light. Landscape inspired mixed media paintings from Katie Vickers, whose paintings are made on-location using site specific natural materials and then left to the will of the elements for transition. Matthew Thomas brings computer generated images inspired by Middle Eastern geometric patterns, realising ideas experimentally using the most up to date methods that are practically available.

Elysium Gallery, 16 College Street, Swansea, SA1 5BH

Gallery open Weds – Sat, 12 – 5pm

Elysium Gallery: ‘Sense of Place’ Exhibition 24th Jan-8th Feb 2014

Current Exhibitions, What I've been up to

Elysium Gallery: 'Sense of Place' Exhibition 24th Jan-8th Feb 2014

Preview: Friday 24th January 2014 7 – 9pm

Exhibition continues until: Saturday 8th February

Sarah Lees | Katie Jane Vickers | Hugh Williams | Matthew Thomas | Catherine Bowen Jones

‘Sense of Place’ is an exhibition of five artists all currently studying on the new and exciting MA at The University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen taught by Bryan Thomas, Iwan Bala and Peter Finnemore. This cross-media exhibition will include glass work and photography by Catherine Bowen-Jones whose work is based on her memories of her mothers watchful eyes through net curtains from her childhood home. Sculpture is represented by Hugh Williams’ birds. Made with welded steel and found objects. Hugh captures the essence of birds using humorous, abstracted forms. Painting by Sarah Lees, whose small scale oil paintings represent wasteland with the use of dissolving, shifting lyrical forms and spots and dabs of light. Landscape inspired mixed media paintings from Katie Vickers, whose paintings are made on-location using site specific natural materials and then left to the will of the elements for transition. Matthew Thomas brings computer generated images inspired by Middle Eastern geometric patterns, realising ideas experimentally using the most up to date methods that are practically available.

Image: Catherine Bowen Jones
Copyright 2013

Battered by the Wind and Pounded with Rain

Sketches, What I've been up to

Battered by the Wind and Pounded with Rain

Lately I have been experimenting with drawing in the landscape and exposing these drawings to the weather as I’m producing them. As a result I have had drawings completely washed away by pounding rain, they’ve been dragged across the landscape by the wind and spattered with mud. After the drawings have been dried I have added more drawing to them using only natural materials.

50 Shades of Sheep Poop

What I've been up to
a nest of sheep excrement found in 'Brown Hill' Quarry above Glanaman on the Black Mountains

a nest of sheep excrement found in ‘Brown Hill’ Quarry above Glanaman on the Black Mountains

I’m back again with a little present from Wales. I’ve moved on to a new location within the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons this semester, to a little quarry locally named ‘Brown Hill’ and I’m experimenting with my lovely G11! Please leave your comments!