This week I had to go into the centre of the city for a work related event, so I left early and went to Well Made, an exhibition of members of the Guildhouse at the Light Square Gallery. India Flint is one of those members, so I thought I’d go along. I thought of you, blog readers, while I was there, and wished I could take you along–especially those who live outside our fair city. I just wasn’t sure it would be OK to take pictures inside the gallery. In fact, I thought it probably wouldn’t be OK and that I should err on the side of refraining, even if only because the artists undoubtedly have better images of their work than my photography would create. So I took pictures of the building, and found you links to follow to see the works–or other works by the artists concerned. Click away!
The Centre for the Arts is a great building, and the day was glorious.
I can’t pretend to be an art critic (or for that matter, an educated art appreciator) of any kind. I am an art ignoramus. So when I go to an exhibition I am just curious and interested. I know there are all kinds of things to know about and think on, as well as skills I know little about, that underpin the artworks. I am aware of only the tiniest segment of all that knowledge, skill and thoughtfulness. On the other hand, it’s a shame to say nothing at all… and thus not invite others to go along and wonder at what there is to see, no matter how ignorant we each might be!
There were all kinds of forms and media represented: painting, sculpture, leather cutting, glass, ceramics and of course, textiles. Among the works that caught my attention was a glowing and almost–but not quite– geometric oil painting with gold leaf: ‘Golden Ochre’ by Megan O’Hara. Beautiful images of her artworks, including this one, can be found here. Two sets of intriguing glass mushrooms were ‘growing’ from wood: ‘Fungi’ by Roger Buddle. Seldom has glass looked less like glass to me. Blue fungi on wood are there to be seen and admired on his home page today for anyone who wishes to see them. There was a striking 3mm mild steel sculpture: ‘Feather’ by Anna Small (more of her work here). Pamela Kouwenhoven contributed ‘Muddy Waters Murray River’, a wall-mounted sculpture of faded plastic (car) battery cases. There are images of this sculpture and others in the same series here.
India Flint’s contribution is called ‘The Wasteland in Bloom’. A more than fitting title. It is a silk and wool dress, hand stitched in silk thread, to judge by the sheen of those stitches. It is flowing, floor length and sleeveless. It features a striking eco-print design of orange/red leaf prints alternating with bands of darker colour, which are almost black (iron, I assume) and striped by the resist created by the ties used in bundling the fabric. It has slanting, curved side seams, creating a very interesting draping of the garment. One of the seams had some… pleats is the closest term I know, but it suggests something crisp and vertical while these are soft and horizontal … creating further interest in the drape of the fabric toward the hemline. The hemline is a feature in its own right, a separately stitched band with its own embellishments. I don’t think India has published a picture of this work, but you can of course see many glorious garments she has created here.
So if you can… go along and see what you find interesting!