Short Stories

Short Stories
Event on 2017-07-18 00:00:00
An exhibition – 3 Painters Sharon Beavan Frances Edmonds Mary Mabbutt These three painters use storytelling to preserve memories – both significant and incidental. Working autobiographically, we each explore the relationship between the private and the public: we paint what matters to us, and where 'what matters to us' takes place, whether it is the kitchen, the museum or the street. Using our own lives as the starting point for painting, we look at the world around us to create pictures that celebrate the ordinary and the intimate. The pleasures of gazing and touching define our imagery and relationship to painting, where images, shapes and colour are used to identify and share experiences. Mary Mabbutt takes 'Home' and the rituals surrounding domesticity, such as laying the table and making marmalade, to create images that make the private public. This interior world becomes universal through the association with familiar smells and colours and the depiction of pleasures found in the routine and everyday. Frances Edmonds and Sharon Beavan observe exterior environments, embracing individual, intimate interpretations. Frances Edmonds combines her delight in the visual and richly ornate with her desire to fix the private moment of looking in time. By painting and drawing surfaces that were designed to intrigue and give pleasure, she takes ownership of them, creating narratives through the act of painting. Sharon Beavan paints figures in public and seemingly non-descript spaces; the intensely felt paint surface is a resistance to photographic and academic ways of painting the figure; Sharon Beavan chooses the people she wants to show out of affection and curiosity. What lives do they live when they return to their own homes? (Alone in their own worlds, what are they thinking?) The essence of our relationship as three painters is in our approach to making paintings. We use paint and colour as equivalents for visual and physical sensation; the mixing of colours and layering of paint form a process of slow revelation. Our narratives fuse the public and the personal, imbuing individual interpretations of the world around us with a sense of the private and poetic.

at The Cut
New Cut
Halesworth, United Kingdom

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