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Come and see me work!

I have been quiet for a while as I have been developing my business (The Arts School), raising a toddler boy, and making some work, but I am now back!

I have (for my sins) organised another group exhibition as part of the Hailsham Festival artists trail and I would love you to come and visit! It opens today 10:30-15:00

It is a group exhibition of local artists work at Moieties Barn, BN274JJ.

I am showing new and older work, alongside other local painters and sculptors.



2018 – The Arts School

Wow! It’s been a long time since I posted and the reasons good!

The Arts School is up and running and I am loving teaching again! Now we start the new year with lots of courses and a new teacher working with us teaching watercolour (Jo Hudson).

Come and take a class and hopefully enjoy it as much as our past students (and we) do! www.theartsschool.co.uk

Al Weiwei responding 

this work is just a pile of metal rods

each has been taken from a building that was constructed on the cheap and collapsed in the 2008 Earthquake

I think the  building was a school

Lots of people died in the twisted metal, part nature part mans greed

The rods have been straightened 
Read more about it


Saturday Addition: 18.01.14

The London Art Fair 2014, vast, overwhelming, underwhelming, amazing, exhausting and interesting. Worth a look but give yourself time as there is so much to see! During my visit I went to a talk on
Eric Ravilious: Modern British Art and Nostalgia – a discussion with Alan Powers and Neil Jennings”. The discussion showed a brief history of publications on the artist, nostalgia within art, they touched upon the reasonings for his popularity, and discussed the cost of his work now, and price prediction.

This discussion left me with the follow thoughts:
They highlighted landscape artists not putting people within their images, and this made me think about house selling programs saying to remove your identity (personal images) so that the buyers can imagine themselves in the spaces. I can imagine myself wandering alone through his landscape. Is this because I do not have a capacity to remove others, or because I can only daydream alone? There is an idea here that I need to think on more.

Nostalgia, and the idea behind the work. I think I sometimes try to find more meaning than there is within my work, but don’t require meaning necessarily in others. I am happy to look at someone else’s painting and just enjoy it, but have a feeling of justifying my own work by giving it a meaning, or maybe I am trying to understand myself better.

What is fashionable, what is it to be in fashion, and how art moves in and out of fashion, and how does subjectivity fit within this. Again an idea I need to think on more.

It was a very interesting talk, and not something I would usually go to, so my advise is go to talks because it will get you thinking, even if it is not completely about the subject of the talk….

20140118-084452.jpg(image taken from http://jamesrussellontheweb.blogspot.co.uk)

And now to the contemporary! Here are a few images of some of the work I liked that I will be showing my students to try to inspire them.


20140117-230449.jpghttp://www.longandryle.com. http://www.pertweeandersongold.com


20140117-230504.jpghttp://www.rickcopsey.info. http://www.panterandhall.com

This blog is written by Sophie Mayer, the photographs are taken with permission for the gallery and not for reproduction.

Saturday addiction 4 – glass

Today’s addiction is a few picture from the glass room at the V and A. To start with this area is worth a visit as it is usually quiet and peaceful and full of display cabinets brimming with glass from every era and place you can think of!

Why I like glass? I love how light brings it to life and colour can be used. I like how form and function work together. Finally, a few years ago I took a days class in blowing glass and found out how incredible hard it is! So my third reason is respect for the fragility of the material and the patients of the maker.

Here are four examples of work on show in the glass room that i especially liked. If you get a chance go and visit and let me know what you think!

By David Reekie, “Captive Audience?”, 2000

20130830-081901.jpgBy Toots Zynsky, “Dondolante Serena”, 2000

20130830-082036.jpgSelection of Swan neck bottles from Iran,19th century.

20130830-082214.jpgBy Dale Chihuly “Deep blue and bronze Persian set”, 1999

© http://www.sophiemayer.com Images were taken at the Victoria and Albert Museum of their pennant collection.

Saturday addiction 2 – a space for thought


I found there was something really appealing about this work. It made me want to go up and interact with it. The figures are so life like in features, but out of proportion, they are bigger than they should be, it makes it quite uncomfortable, slightly intimidating, or belittling. The “folly” is not what you would think of as a folly. It is modern, minimal, constructed, and personal.
I felt like I was in a time with this person, going through a day, or a period of anxiety, or stress, unable to sleep or stay still. It made me feel this person had moved around the room trying to settle. Here are a few shots of my Mum being a sport and posing in some other options for the figures position.

This work functions well in the outdoor space. It gives the idea of being alone in the woods with your thoughts, rather than in a sterile gallery space that, for me, would be more about clinical processing of thoughts; or in an urban environment, that would be about being alone amongst people/others.

What do you think?

What the gallery website has to say:

A folly is usually a decorative building or structure with no discernable use or explicit raison d’être. Its place in our utilitarian world is ambiguous, often used during the latter part of the Twentieth century as places for contemplation and leisure. In Henry’s ‘Folly’ we are presented with a seemingly exposed scene depicting aspects of an anonymous man’s daily life.

The viewer becomes the voyeur in this slightly uncomfortable exchange of lived realities. Much of Sean Henry’s work extorts notions of scale and proportion in order to confuse and displace the viewer, forcing them to become unsure of who or what is the right size.

As Tom Flynn describes in his book about the artist: “The viewer is invited to contemplate the significance of the life of this unknown man surrounded by his quotidian objects.” The seemingly antiquated place of the folly is rediscovered and re-interpreted through Henry’s postmodern interpretation of reality and reflection.”

Pallent house 2- Eduardo Paolozzi: Collaging Culture

Pallent House – current exhibition.
Pallent house and Cass Sculpture Park is currently showing work by the Scottish/Italian artist Eduardo Paolozzi. I feel his work shows the time, post war, new consumerist goods, culture and aesthetics, popular culture, with a hint of post war depression and bad memories. The exhibition shows a good range of his work and use of different materials.

What the gallery has to say:
“Eduardo Paolozzi: Collaging Culture

6 July – 13 October 2013

A major retrospective of the work of Eduardo Paolozzi (1924–2005), one of the most inventive and prolific of the British artists to come to prominence after the Second World War, featuring around 150 works in a variety of media including sculpture, textiles, prints, ceramics and drawings.

Sir Eduardo Paolozzi RA (1924 – 2005) was one of the most inventive British artists to come to prominence after the Second World War. Although best known as a sculptor, he worked in an extensive variety of materials including ceramics, collage, drawing, film, jewellery, printmaking, textiles, and even the decoration of Tottenham Court Road Underground station.

This retrospective explores the central importance of collage as both a working process and an approach to bringing together disparate sources of inspiration, from Paolozzi’s iconic images cut from the pages of American magazines, to his robotic sculptures expressing man’s relationship with technology. It features over 150 works from across his career, including early sculptures influenced by continental Surrealism, his textiles for Hammer Prints Ltd. and Horrockses Fashions in the 1950s, his innovative screenprints that made an important contribution to British Pop Art, ceramics designed for Wedgwood and Rosenthal, and maquettes for his later public commissions.”

The Telegraph
Art Republic
Images from google images


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