It’s time for me to expose myself……

I have started to exhibit again but it has come at a time when I have a body of work that I  been working on for the last three years in isolation. When I say this I mean only my family and close friends have seen my paintings. Often when people visit me they see my paintings on display their comments or glances are very rewarding and I feel they’ve really helped in the development of my work.

To be honest I stopped showing my work back in 2014 due to the fact of not knowing why I wanted to place something so intimate to me in view of the public and be open to judgement and comment.

In conversation with a fellow friend and talented artist we spoke about the importance of  allowing our vulnerable side to be shown through our art practice by placing our work out there in the public realm. It helps us to grow and  understand other perceptions of our work through the eyes of others experiences and interpretations and readings of your art work.

‘There is only one way to avoid criticism; do nothing, say nothing and be nothing’.

Aristotle

 

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Would you like to become a Picture Maker?

Picture Maker’s photography course focuses upon the artist as the photographer.

We will be meeting in Oriel Lliw at the Pontardawe Art Centre in the Swansea Valley. For those of you who require an air fair to attend, how about take part as along distance learner instead?  the course fee is £40. And open to all abilities.

If you are interested and would like to find out more please click on ‘Creative Photography Course’  and complete contact form.

Look forward to hearing from you,

Sheree

 

 

 

Mastering our creative Process -Annie Leibovitz

Annie leibovitz explains the creative process beautifully here;

We talk about the creative process, about how to sustain it. “Talent is something anyone can have. It can go away. It needs to be nurtured, taken care of. The best thing about getting older is that you kind of know what you are doing — if you stick with something. It doesn’t get easier. But you get stronger. Pilgrimage is an exercise in taking care of what I do. My books are my way of being able to express myself completely.”

Annie Leibovitz

‘Pilgrimage’ is about more than the objects she photographed but objects of simplicity and integrity. When producing this project she was told not to do it because it would not make any money. But to Leibovitz it wasn’t about the money but the thirst to nurture her creative soul.

Sigmund Freud’s Cocuch, Freud Museum, London, UK
Sigmund Freud’s Couch, Freud Museum, London, UK
Georgia O’Keeffe’s pastels, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum & Research Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Georgia O’Keeffe’s pastels, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum & Research Centre, Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Elvis Presley’s TV, Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee
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Ansel Adams’ darkroom, Carmel, California
Emily Dickinson’s only surviving dress, Amherst Historical Society, Amherst, Massachusetts
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Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Emily Dickinson’s herbarium, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Gloves worn by Abraham Lincoln the night of his assassination, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, Illinois

This is the truth………….

I am about to embark on a new project in collaboration with Musician Rich Thair. After we received  a successful ‘research and development grant’ application from the Arts Council of Wales. Our project ‘Age and Legacy’ will take place at The Pontardawe Art Centre. The underlying theme to our work will be the stage and performance with a specific interest in Alzheimers.

My interest in the latter developed in my practice when my maternal grandmother was living with condition Alzheimers. I started to record her  stories of ghosts who would visit her at night using my camera.

After my grandfather passed away in 2003 my Nan slowly deteriorated with her mental health. It started with her literally forgetting words and to the point she would become upset, to  saying ‘no’ to everything which co-in sided with her depression. Until finally my Nan would start telling me stories about visitations from other worldly souls in the middle of the night.

The story she would tell me would haunt her for the rest of her lucid life. But whether this was her going ‘crazy’ or the actual ‘truth’. It was my Nan’s ‘truth’ and that’s all that mattered.

The photograph below shows my Nan’s bedroom. To the left of the photograph is the bottom of her bed. Placed on the floor is a rug and the exact spot  where the apparition would appear named ‘Billie’ he would stare at my Nan in her bed. She explained he wore a hat with its peak covering his eyes, and he would peer down at her with a fixed gaze.

 

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My Nan also shared with me the other soul who would visited her called ‘Rose’. She would appear next to my Nan’s bed peering out of the window. The photograph below is a re-enactment of this experience with myself playing the role of ‘Rose’ and my Nan the photographer who captured this image.

slide 4The visitation from ‘Billy’ and ‘Rose’continued every night of my Nan’s lucid days. And on reporting  her experiences to her Doctor she was then heavily medicated with sleeping tablets.

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