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‘Art In August’ at The Square Studio, Northam, Devon

‘Art In August’ At The Square Studio, Northam, Devon

I am part of an exhibition of 3 artists at The Square Studio, 2 The Square, Northam, Bideford, North Devon EX39 1AR.

The exhibition runs throughout August, and the featured artists are Mary Myers, Mel Saggs and myself.


Mary writes:

I thought you might like to know we had great success the past few weeks in Art Trek and we have decided to extend our exhibition changing and adding new works.

Art Trek continues at The Square Studio in Northam with ` Art in August` an exhibition of work by three local Artists, (open 10-5 everyday except Sundays during August)

Mel Saggs:

Mel Saggs of 7thpencil is showing stencilled paintings that were created during the live painting sessions in previous art trek weeks. She will be showing films of the subsequent paintings and other works that have recorded the painting process via time-lapse photography, with soundtracks by local musicians. And also framed up-cycled sculptures made from the fall out of the paintings.

Duncan Hopkins:

Duncan lives in Northam. The recent work in this exhibition reflect his responses to the local Devon landscape and the changing qualities of the sea.

“My primary practices are painting and drawing, and I use art to research and communicate events, structures, sensations and metaphors of landscape and perception. Recent work is about light, fractal structure, the extended moment, an observed qualitative improvisation, and sequential methods. The work retains subtexts of phenomenology, ecology, shamanism, the numinous and the imaginal.”

Mary Myers and friends.

On show will be Mary`s thought provoking work concerns the taboo practice of FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) which was made as the result of a recent research project. “Once I began to discover more about this taboo practice I found I could not turn my back on it ` said Mary. “What we think of today as a barbaric practice is so deeply embedded in the cultures which have practiced it for thousands of years it will take more than legislation, which could drive the practice deeper underground, to end it. The Word Health Organisation and other NGO`s and Government offices are trying to put an end to it but it will be education and the raising of public awareness that will help give a voice to the thousands of women and children who are affected by it.”

Mary, who originally trained as a jeweller in is also a qualified teacher of Metal Clay, a seemingly alchemic process whereby tiny particles of silver are suspended in a clay like binder which can be formed and moulded, but when fired leaves behind just pure silver. Mary`s work and details of classes can be found at the Square Studio and she will be demonstrating it there on Saturday (the August when Mel and Duncan will also be present to discuss their work.

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