An exhibition of paintings and drawings by Sara Philpott and Heather Eastes, with ceramic sculptures by Helen Higgins.
All three artists produce images that take the viewer to another place, where memories and the imagination combine, where details reveal themselves as narratives emerge.
This exhibition will conclude with an art event where you can create your own work of art and attend workshops and demonstrations, Make your Mark on Merthyr, on 31st March.
‘..we can think more clearly about our own lives because we have taken plants into the architecture of our imaginations’. Richard Mabey, The Caberet of Plants.
Sara Philpott studied at Central St Martin’s,and lives and works in mid-Wales. Often her subject matter is the realm where vegetation and landscape meet human imagination.The work is generally made with thin layers of translucent oil paint, sometimes richly detailed and allegorical.
Helen’s intriguing ceramic figurines each seem to have their own personal character and mannerisms.
Recent work features both animal and human characters in ‘dress up’ or costumes, often wearing masks and hats, illustrating the idea of disguise, incognito or ‘hiding’.
This can be seen as an analogy for how a fragile self-esteem is often hidden behind a robust façade or ‘front’, pretending to be what it is not.
Helen Higgins: Ceramic figures.
Early memories and a preoccupation with the feeling of the individual’s isolation and vulnerability in an impassive universe becomes the obsessive theme – the being in silent desperation, the desire for connection, community, identity; with the old question of what we conscious and mortal humans are here for; the relationships between men, women, children, beasts, earth and universe, the mother-child relationship, – our place as creatures disposed to the magical and religious faith and the dream of equilibrium; the folk-longing for a distant Eden or Arcadia, the endless driving through time towards death and the hope for a “beyond” and a solution.