Well it’s been a long time since my last update and there is suddenly a lot to say!
I have mostly been busy with a series of lithographs on the theme of selkies. Each print seems to bring a new challenge, as I am still relatively new to stone lithography and there is a lot to learn, but I am enjoying it immensely. Not only are you making nice prints, you also get a full work-out using the big ink rollers and moving the large slabs of limestone about. I should think lithographers are easily the fittest of printmakers! There is also a rhythm to grinding the stones and rolling the ink that made me think there should be lithography-shanties. Or perhaps that is just my maritime theme…
On to the news of upcoming exhibitions, fairs and shows!
Last night was the opening night of Wonderland, an Alice-themed show at the O3 Gallery in Oxford. I am very pleased to have one of my Childfriend pieces included in the exhibition. It is a rather old piece of mine and it was really wonderful to get it framed and show it to the public, as that was really not foremost in my mind when I made that series of collages in my student days in Berlin. (It also occurred to me while looking at Xie Kitchin’s sullen face that while my hair was quite short when I made that piece, I now have rather much the same hairstyle and quite possibly the same facial expression). In any case, the exhibition in Oxford runs until August 5th, there will be several events during that time, among others a talk by Mark Richards, the chairman of the Lewis Carroll Society.
Next Friday is the opening of the first group exhibition in Berlin I have done in a while. It is curated by fellow alumnus Simona Soare and includes many old friends such as Gowara Minsa and Annegret Eisele, and many other fantastic artists. The title of the show is Licht Farbe Linie – Light Color Line, and opens on July 13th at 7 p.m. There will be talks and performances. It is in the Spreehöfe in Berlin-Köpenick, and will be open to the public throughout the weekend as part of the “Kunst am Spreeknie” arts festival. The exhibition will still be able to be viewed by arrangement until July 28th. You can see the flyer and find out more on Simona’s website here.
Closer to home, The Fruitmarket Gallery is hosting another Design Market the coming weekend, which I will be attending with Mina Braun, Emily Mackenzie and Lizzie Cameron. It opens on Friday 13th at 5 p.m. and will be open Saturday and Sunday too – I hope to see you there!
I’m also pleased to announce that I now have cards and artist books in two shops in England, LMNOP in Brighton and Nook&Cranny in Liverpool. If you’re in the area, please pay them a visit!
Another exhibition that I hiley recommend you go and see, if you can, is Reflective Histories at Traquair House in the Scottish Borders. It is curated by Edinburgh Printmakers and shows the sometimes half-concealed reflections of the invited artists on Traquair House and its colourful history. You will have to keep your eyes peeled to find all of the artworks! I really enjoyed it.
That’s all for now! I hope you have a good summer – as always, if you have any questions, please get in touch via the “contact” page on this website, or find me on facebook and twitter for smaller, unsignificant updates and snippets of works in progress…