Doorways - introducing our artists! #4
This is the fourth in a series of blogs introducing our artists for Doorways (in no particular order). Today we introduce Bekki Perriman, Anna Stowe, Paul Tupenny, Hermione Cameron and Louise Armour-Chelu, Roxanne Jackson and Gigi Salomon.
Remember, we'll be on the top two floors of 7 New Bond Street Place, Bath from 26th May to 10th June.
Bekki started making art in 2013. She slept rough in central London for many years & wanted to give people an insight into what living on the streets is like.
The Doorways Project was developed as a result with funding from Unlimited Disability Arts to tour the work in 2015-2016. These photographs then became part of a larger project exploring the personal stories of homeless people across the UK.
Bekki's work on the Doorways Project was one of the inspirations behind the theme for our 'Doorways' exhibition. We will feature some of Bekki's stunning photographs alongside recordings of interviews with homeless people from across the UK.
Find out more about Bekki's work at www.bekkiperriman.co.uk
Anna is completely self-taught as a photographer, taking it up as a hobby 30 years ago and turning professional in 2005. In 1993 she gained her Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society and in 2013 was awarded the AFIAP (Artiste de la Federation de l'Art Photographique). She sells her greetings cards and prints in various shops and galleries throughout Wiltshire as well as at craft fairs, exhibitions and online.
Doorways are a favourite subject of Anna's. Her photograph for 'Doorways' was taken through the doorway of Wilton Windmill in Wiltshire, and she has use digital techniques to create an atmospheric image full of subtlety and unanswered questions.
Find out more about Anna's work at www.annastowephotography.co.uk
Paul Tuppeny’s current output follows a number of divergent strands bound together by an interest in the way that we present our species to ourselves. This involves temporal themes developing from our sense and recognition that the human species has a lifespan far greater than that of its component individuals and draws on the visual language of presented history to examine our own times and legacies.
Paul's work is predominantly 3 dimensional but often incorporate images as a means of broadening their scope and content. The materials and form for each work are selected to reflect the embedded message or objective of the piece.
Paul's piece for 'Doorways' is an oak sculpture, 'A bed, a door, a slab in the floor' in which the rectangle becomes the ultimate abbreviation of the human form; this artwork abbreviates our lives to three of them.
Find out more about Paul's work at www.paultuppeny.co.uk
Hermione Cameron and Louise Armour-Chelu
Hermione Cameron is a poet who lives and works in London. Her work explores the relationships between identity, femininity, consumption, and mental illness. In 2017, she was shortlisted for the prestigious Bridport Prize for her poem ‘‘Not Always Grey’’. Another poem, “ID”, was recently selected for exhibition at the National Poetry Library in the Southbank Centre.
For 'Doorways', Hermione's poem 'The Other Side' grapples with the notion of suicide; whether to pass through the doorway from life into death. Accompanying the poem is a pen & ink illustration by Louise Armour-Chelu. Louise is an illustrator who lives and works in Suffolk. Previously she has illustrated several children’s books, including Fenella Minella by Michael Lawrence, and has had over thirty exhibitions of her work. She favours pen and ink and has a particular interest in drawing people.
Both poem & illustration are taken from Hermione’s debut collection ‘Recipe for Being a Woman’, published in 2017 by Ampersand Publishing (www.ampersandpublishing.co.uk).
Find out more about Hermione's poetry at www.hermionecameron1.wordpress.com or follow her on Twitter and Instagram @HermioneCamer1.
Roxanne Jackson uses lens based media to reveal things that might otherwise go unnoticed. She has recently completed a creative practice PhD, researching the topic, ‘Demanding time – artists still motion films exploring locations and environments’.
Roxanne piece for 'Doorways' is a photograph 'Chained from view', giving a tantalizing glimpse to the secrets locked away.
Find out more about Roxanne's work at www.roxannejackson.co.uk
Gigi is interested in the way in which land reveals the stories of our existence. She is as interested in the serendipitous finding of seaweed left in a beautiful shape by the retreating tide as in the sculptural lines of an early land map. The relief imprints and marks left by natural forms today or fossils of earlier inhabitants.
She is interested in the dichotomy between our need to encapsulate the history of the world in the museums and institutions using codes with which we have agreed to make sense of our world; the creation of ordered systems to register and collate knowledge about ourselves intellectually – the meticulously ordered rows of cylinders, objects grouping the reality of the real world that we see around us and yet bear little resemblance to the world outside.
For 'Doorways', Gigi has created site-specific 'sculpturescapes', allowing us to a glimpse into another space, to see what’s happening behind a closed door.
Find out more about Gigi's work at www.gigisalomon.com
Our next blog will feature more of our wonderful artists! And don't forget to follow us on Twitter @DoorwaysArt2018