Faded Stars 2 June 2018 ecosse d’oc – cabrerisse

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Faded star number 1 – Anouk Aimee

I’ve been working on my Faded Stars series for about 4 years now, honing and changing my techniques as I chose new ‘muses’

The idea of “Faded Stars” came from my love of graffiti art and the memory of trying to steal concert posters glued to walls in my misguided youth.

I love vintage images of glamorous actresses from the golden age of Hollywood – my first ‘muses’ were Louis Fuller with her serpentine dance and Louise Brooks with her trademark black bob and huge eyes.

I prefer to photograph my own images directly from documentaries on sky arts and then editing them, changing levels and printing before transferring to  mdf board – I work on A3 as it lends to the final image rather than going larger. I prepare the background and collage relevant photographs or maps as a base to transfer.  Once the images are positioned I sit for ages and decide how I want them to look – I am currently using blocks of colour – red, yellow and blue (straight from the acrylic tube – no mixing!) then a light sanding and a matt varnish and they’re ready.

Luckily the gallery does not want the images framed – apparently in France they like to choose their own frames – how civilised! I would usually use unbleached wood floating frames.  I’m going to post a photo a day for the next 30 days – please like and share if you like my work

 

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2nd BIT OF GOOD NEWS ….

So, not too long ago the director of Ecosse d’oc in St Laurent de la Cabrerisse came to look at my “Faded Stars” series.  Very happy to say he liked them and asked my to do 10 pieces for a group show in August.

I researched female film stars from France around the 1920’s – 50’s and photographed street scenes from a film of vintage Paris to use as background.  Worked non stop and produced all 10 images – here’s one I did earlier …

But that’s not the good news …. he came back over from France to collect my and another artists work – and he love my pieces so much Im no longer in the group show – I now have my own solo show in June – so I’m busy making another 15 images.

HOORAY!!!!


1ST BIT OF GOOD NEWS ….

So, I got this email ….

I’m the editor for a new book on creative people and their processes titled Great Minds Don’t Think Alike. The book consists of 56 short essays each about a different person, accompanied by an illustration on the facing page.

The book’s illustrators came across the photo on your 2008 blog post for Contemporary Art ETC about meeting Tracey Emin and want to use it as part of the illustration for the piece on Emin. I’m not 100% sure that the photo belongs to you, but I’m hoping you can advise if not – and if so I would be grateful if you would give us permission to use it in the book.

And yes it is my photo – search my blog for Emin to read my review – I interviewed her prior to her retrospective exhibition in Edinburgh.

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Once upon a time there was a little Art Fairy

Once upon a time there was a little Art Fairy, she had bright coloured hair and was more stubborn than anything in the whole world.  One perfectly procrastinating day the little Art Fairy was flitting from thing to thing ” I wish, I really just wish that that I could have an art epiphany” she squeaked as she went from acrylic paint to lino-cuts to photography, dipping her wing in some resin and whilst feverishly sharpening her pencils and drinking another vodka….

Her studio started to shake and spin, all her art equipment went flying off in all directions and as if answering her wishes, with a loud muttering of “nim,nim,nim” the Focus Wizard appeared.

“Wow” exclaimed the little Art Fairy, “Id heard the rumours but I never thought you’d help me”

“Ahhhh little Art Fairy” said the Focus Wizard in his deep, hypnotic voice, “the universe has been hinting at your lack of focus for years and years and now its time for me to help you with the bleeding obvious. ”

The Focus Wizard made the little Art Fairy put away all her random art stuff, her engraving tool; her oil paints; her epoxy resin; her embroidery thread even her collection of blank Russian dolls.  She was only allowed to keep her sketchbook, acrylic paint, camera and varnish.

“Little Art Fairy, you love vintage filmography and fabulous actresses – especially from the 1920’s to 60’s and once upon a time you started a series you’d called ‘Faded Stars’ – now is the time to focus cos these pictures are brilliant”

“Blimey” said the little Art Fairy as she put down her vodka “so what you’re saying is, if I just work on the things that interest and make me happy then I’ll have a strong body of work?”

“Yeah” said the Focus Wizard, “whatever, now just bloody get on with it….”


October exhibition with the ESBAT girls

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September already ?????

Ooops I haven’t posted since February – that must mean Ive been uber busy or uber lazy – lets stick with the first one cos obviously you can’t prove the second.

Suddenly realised I hadn’t painted for a very long time so I dug out the acrylics and canvas’ and off I went.  As usual I like to mix my media using images, gloss and paint – two pieces were exhibited in the ESBAT exhibition and although they didn’t sell one was chosen to be exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy on the mound (till October so you can still see it)

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I also had a significant birthday so July was mainly a drunken haze and a bit of mid life crisis surgery – got my cataract operation so I can hopefully (eventually) actually be able to see me work close up!!!

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IM PART OF A COLLECTIVE ….

Esbat Collective presents: The Switch About Esbat Collective

Esbat is a collective of female artists from Scotland, Ireland, Sweden, Japan, Poland and Germany. Many who met at the Edinburgh College of Art. They came together at the beginning of 2016 to curate a group show and discovered a striking synergy across their combined work.

About The Switch

The Switch is Esbat Collective’s fourth exhibition. It features the work of Marta Tycinska, Mel Roy, Rebecca Green, Heather Craig, Fee Scroggie, Mary Trodden, Sarah Wilson, Rachael Forbes, Penny Forbes, Carolann Alexander, Komachi Goto, Caroline Fulton, Fiona Michie, Faith Elliot, Jo Richardson, Olivia Irvine, Marissa Stoffer and Ciara Dunne.

The show explores issues surrounding idolatry and the work within it is meticulous and highly crafted. The group examine forms of adoration, the uneasiness between authenticity and artifice, and how individuals construct their identities through the identification of others. Inverting forms of worship, the pieces are often surreal, affectionate and comical.

Alex Hetherington writing about Esbat Collective in ‘I missed the dreaming of it all’:

“The subject and substances of ‘making’ here returns again in different but corresponding shapes… glass-blowing, tapestry, drawing, painting, sculptural projects, costume making and performative works…

…the melding of genres becomes a shared, collective attribute. There is a sense of elation in the handling of materials and the bringing together of opposing materials.”

Exhibition details:

Dates: Friday 3rd – Wednesday 8th March.
Location: The Dundas Street Gallery, 6 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6HZ.
Exhibition time: Daily 10am – 6pm.
Opening night: Friday 3rd March 6-9pm.
Opening night event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/211656355967124/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/esbattre/
Website: https://esbattre.wordpress.com/
Email: esbattre@gmail.com

Esbat Collective, January 2017