'There's always a spoon'
‘ a bit of admin’
'a new way of working'
'Waiting for Tea' (Prosecco and Rioja corks)
'he path of least resistance'There is nothing quitre like
In an ideal world we would create an artwork each and every day - other work gets in the way of being truly creative but 30works in 30 days forces a discipline and a commitment. Being 'parents of artists' as opposed to 'practising ourselves' we have been used to observing and appreciating from a distance. Now we are becoming more immersed in the subject matter and looking back over the first 2 weeks some works are clearly stronger than others so it will be interesting to see how things develop and evolve over the next 16 days
'What we would make...
The snow must go on
Tulips in Pickle Jar
'a home for Nicola"
'stick it on a badge"
Train to Taunton
'Driftwood tree - not just for Christmas'
'Keep going'. (wine gums on paper)
The Anvil and the Balloon When we look at these pieces, we may view them literally, a black anvil and a pink balloon. Or perhaps metaphorically what do these images represent for us? The realist viewer can conceivably appreciate the artistic talents involved in the creation and displaying of such objects. How does the balloon appear to float? What materials have been used? What filming equipment was involved in creating the moving images. And so on. There is another perspective to consider. The anvil as the sturdy, crucial working fixture, rarely moved, and if so, would have required real effort and only for real purpose. Certainly not for aesthetic value. The Richardson Smithy that the anvil represents was a place of skilled labour. Dangerous work. Hot, cold and hard in equal measures. Those who managed and worked the business served their community with a professional pride and care (and so to their country as the Smithy in question shoed the horses of the British Army during World War 1) My great uncle George, the son of William who established the smithy was a man I met during my childhood, teens and early 20’s. A man of few words, strong and silent but greatly respected. I regret not asking him about the stories of the Smithy and relied on the few tales from my own father, who himself worked there as a child and recalled how mistakes were frowned upon, concentration required, and high standards expected. If you are attracted to the anvil maybe you value security, stability and reward from resilience and endeavour? What then of the Pink Balloon? Being tied to the anvil the floating object is unable to move, to go where the wind takes it. Few of my ancestors were, to my knowledge the float away balloon. One perhaps and he was always made aware of his ‘flighty ways’ and seemed to be misunderstood for moving away. I met him a few times and liked him, found him funny, almost ‘Eric Morecambe’ like in his ways. He seemed to find family traditions tiresome and slightly ludicrous and always seemed to be relieved when he started his car and headed back south. ‘Our Ken’ though was in fact a tragic figure and suffered greatly with mental health throughout his life. This exhibition takes the courageous step in considering our appetite for how we manage and discuss our mental health. I cannot imagine there were such conversations during an average working day in the Smithy. Understandably mental health was a taboo subject – were you alright? If so, once asked then simply get on with the day’s duties and keep your thoughts to yourself. We now know this to be damaging and it is so good to see these images as a representation of a new liberalism. These images have stirred much emotion in me. I can relate to all and see their influence Anvil – symbol of stoicism Pink Balloon portraying potential freedom The line between them indicating restraint, guilt perhaps? Which are you? Perhaps we are all?
The Anvil and the Balloon
It's a good day to be alive. It always was. We just didn't realise
'Hairdryer on a stick'
'sometimes obvious is the best"
'Strengthen the ends'