Landscapes transformed to reflect emotions and domestic depictions feature in this week’s selection of work by Outside In artists to be featured in the forthcoming national exhibition ‘Environments’, which opens on 28 October at the Piano Nobile gallery in London’s Kings Cross.
This week we are looking at the work of the following artists:
- Kaori Miyachi Sogabe
- Kate Adams
- Kate Bradbury
- Kate Emblen
- Kat Pugh
- Kristina Veasey
- Leroy Letts
- Leslie Thompson
- Linda O’Neill
Kristina Veasey’s ‘My Dirty Secret pop-up panel ’ focuses on the mess and dirt around her house – “when pain and mess get in the way of housework,” she explains, “ I am frustrated!” However she started to find beauty in unexpected places – look closely and you will find the lampshade is digitally printed with an image of discarded shoes and other printed details include hairy plugholes and discarded forks. Kate Bradbury’s monoprint ‘Floors Don’t Get Swept or Else Get Swept Too Often’ also has a domestic theme. She comments – “one day I would like to give up my day job making sandwiches and spend every waking hour with a hammer, pen or ukulele in my hand.” Leslie Thompson’s work is inspired by TV, superheroes and memories and his bustling ‘Old School’ is teaming with life, different characters and remembered, written anecdotes.
Kate Adams explains that her ‘A Lighted Window’ is an abstract painting with a spiritual element and that, when she connects with a landscape, “I bring to this my emotional history, my experiences, my memories.” Leroy Letts says of his ‘Eyes of the Cloud’ –“what your mind shapes, that’s what you see moving in the cloud” and, as well as watching over everyone on the land, the cloud is also a reflection of his beating heart. Linda O’Neill’s burnished ‘Landscape with trees’ has an Autumnal feel. She comments “It has made a big difference to me to have my work shown in exhibitions.” Kate Emblen’s piece ‘Bo-Kaap, Cape Town’ is based on a photograph she was drawn to because of its colours. ‘They were so bright and complimentary,” she says, adding ” please feel free to ignore my colour experiments in the margin.” Rather than taking the car, Kaori Miyachi Sogabe chooses to create an interpretation of herself on the tube in the morning in her series “Me Commuting”, working with paper and clay and drawing experience from fragments of memory and everyday life.
Kazvina takes an inner view in ‘Heart’, one of a series of depictions of organs of the body as invaded environments, here attacked by “feasting spiders and flies.” Kat Pugh lets her troubles float away in her textile and stitch work ‘Environments: ADHD in water’. In the poem accompanying the work, she says “I swim because I have to. Escaping to another world, structure disappears, time slows down, the body feels no boundaries, weightless and free, embodied in water.”