6 December 2017
Finally I have gathered together the photos of our preview at the Menier gallery. It was a great evening and a good time was had by all.
9 October 2017
The opening of our exhibition 'Hidden Messages' at the Menier Gallery in London is just two weeks away.
Still a lot to do.
1 October 2017
The big work is now complete. 'Spirit Faces' 60 Faces making one artwork 1.75m x 3m. Also in book form and limited prints. Packed up yesterday, it's ready for the 'Hidden Messages' exhibition to be shown alongside the paper drawings 'I am Listening' the wall installation 'Cholangiocarcinoma Helpline' and the silkscreen monoprints 'It's there when you Need it'. And of course there will be Alfred's wonderful textile canvases. Those have been packed up too. Not long now, just 3 weeks away.
28 September 2017
Everyone has struggle of one sort or another in their life, and we all deal with it differently whether it be catastrophic or minimal. I deal with my personal adversities (and my joys) through my art with the knowledge that there will be others who will relate to similar issues but may not necessarily have the means to express themselves.
In the exhibition ‘Hidden Messages’ which I will be sharing with Alfred Huckett at the Menier Gallery, I have focussed on two main issues, deafness and cancer, both of which are part of my life. This does not mean that my work is full of gloom and doom, though it can be a bit confronting at times because engagement is how best I deal with misfortune. I enjoy challenging my situation with a mixture of displeasure, some indignation and a quite a bit of grim humour.
A Composite of work
Anita Alfred Anita Alfred
23 September 2017
‘Red Faced Lady’ is part of the installation ‘Cholangiocarcinoma Helpline otherwise known as Acceptance of Demons Loss of Fear’. Showing at the Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark St, London SE1 1RU. 24th Oct - 3rd Nov.
7 September 2017
This autumn Alfred Huckett and myself will be exhibiting together for the first time. Focussing on miscommunications, undisclosed secrets and a quiet monster, we have put together a powerful show of mixed media work including large scale canvases, installation, print and talisman, which though often dark are not without a sense of humour.
I have spent most of my working life as a printmaker, selling work to the corporate sector. Five years ago I decided to shift direction embracing mixed media processes to create work based on highly personal experiences related to hearing loss and cancer, unfortunately part of my life. I try to confront misfortunes head-on, using my art to challenge situations with a mixture of displeasure, indignation and a large dose of grim humour.
Alfred Huckett is primarily known as an artist concerned with the portrayal of music, having been artist in residence at the York Early Music Festival on three
occasions. He is now looking back to his early training in theatre design at Central St Martins with a collection of unshown work made in the 90s, together with recent large scale canvases confronting and exploring his feelings and experiences as a transvestite.
1 September 2017
Contains profiles of myself (page 52) and Alfred Huckett (page56), plus information about our exhibition 'Hidden Messages' (page 9) which will be opening at the Menier Gallery, Southwark St, London SE1 1RU 24th October - 3rd November 2017. There are some interesting artists presented in this issue (apart from ourselves of course!) notably Meng Zhou and Simon Kirk. A very well presented magazine and free to read online.
13 July 2017
I was given a raven by friends. It was found dead in their garden, so they kept it in the freezer for me. It was a beautiful bird which deserved the attention given to it in the day of drawing
Ravens. Indian ink, graphite and white paint
Ravens. Graphite pencil
21 June 2017
I have started working with resin and jewellery techniques which have developed into ‘The Talisman’. The subject matter can be rather confronting in that it is addressing a conversation with with Cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer).The pieces can be dark, and often have a grim humour embedded in them. They are shown as necklaces or brooches, a decorative light hearted presentation, which makes them just that little bit more uncomfortable.
22 May 2017
Exhibition coming up in Hertford. Worth seeing.
MAKING A MARK
Caroline Bartlett, Flea Cooke, Anita Ford, Alfred Huckett, Esther Wragg & Stephen Wragg
6th June – 1st July 2017, Courtyard Arts Gallery, Port Vale, Hertford SG14 3AA
Open 10-4 Tues - Sat
Six artists explore a vocabulary of marks through their work using paper, wood and fabric, each telling their own story.
This exhibition showcases recent work by a group of artists living and working in Hertfordshire and North London with wide experience in their individual creative fields.
One thing that draws them together is creative exploration through process, as well as a desire to express personal ideas and concepts within their individual art practices.
Sharing a love of texture and mark-making, the work explores a wide variety of media including painting, silkscreen, mono-print, stitched textiles and 2 and 3D mixed media.
2 April 2017
I will be choosing from these series of silkscreen monoprints, work which will be included in the forthcoming exhibition at the Courtyard gallery in Hertford. The show will be called 'Making Marks' and will be a group exhibition with CarolineBartlett, Flea Cook, Esther Wragg, Steve Wragg, Alfred Huckett and myself. The exhibition runs from 6th June - 1st July 2017.
The works 'No matter', 'A Constant Variation' and 'At the End of the Day' allude to difficulty in communication, the struggle to make sense of a conversation when you can't hear all of it. A combination of frustration, concentration and achievement.
The series 'It's There when you Need It' refers to that spark within us all that can be called upon during times of adversity, the inner resource that can give you strength, available if you choose to summon it.