New Art Highlights
14 - 20 November
New Art Highlights of the week includes: Laura Decorum, Irene Rogan, William Dick and Sophy King
Man, 2022 by Laura Decorum
Acrylic on Canvas, this piece is painted to emulate racial predudice.
Painted with a heart made from a dove, i crafted this piece in the wake of Black Lives Matter.
copyright Laura Decorum
Restoration - interpreting place, 2020 - 2021 by Irene Rogan
RESTORATION interpreting place
In contribution to the RE Drift online exhibition, a series of temporary site-specific artworks were created by Irene Rogan and photographed by Philip Green. The environmental works were all produced in response to the experience of place; specifically the intellectual and emotional engagement with Hodbarrow a site formerly dominated by industrial iron ore extraction and situated near the town of Millom in South West Cumbria. The ironworks closed in 1968 and after the removal of all the buildings and machinery, the site was largely reclaimed by nature. It is now the location of an RSPB sanctuary and nature reserve. The work references the famous poet Norman Nicholson, Microbiology, and agriculture.
Feirtyella, 2022 by William Dick
Mixed Media on Paper, 130 x 130 cms, 2022
Drought Stone, 2022 by Sophy King
Sandstone carving at Rudyard Lake, Staffordshire
First of a series of stone carvings bearing witness to drought and flood levels as extreme weather becomes normalised.
A hunger stone is a type of hydrological landmark common in Central Europe. Hunger stones serve as famine memorials and warnings and were erected in Germany and in ethnic German settlements throughout Europe in the 15th through 19th centuries.
These stones were embedded into a river during droughts to mark the water level as a warning to future generations that they will have to endure famine-related hardships if the water sinks to this level again. In 2022 we saw rivers and lakes water levels fall to extremes. This carving will form part of a new set of warning stones to mark low water levels. Next year, if we see them again we will know that this is a pattern rather than an event. I will return to have a ceremonial opening for the drought stone and to add 2023 to the carving.