Two Somerset artists’ responses to being in remote places in England: encounters with land, sky, sea, weather, histories, places and people.
How do we see and respond differently to places known and unknown?
This exhibition contains artworks that Jenny Graham and Sara Dudman have created in response to painting and drawing retreats undertaken in remote locations in Cornwall, Northumberland and North Yorkshire from 2014-16. During these times, they have walked extensively, explored new places and experienced the world with renewed fascination. They have met, and at times travelled with, other artists whose work is also represented in the exhibition.
Both Jenny and Sara have a history of creating works in response to land and environments – both documentary and interpretive. However, when they visit new places, they view them with fresh eyes, seeing what may be commonplace to local residents as exciting and even exotic. Working alongside each together provides both mutual support and a critical sounding board for ideas and perceptions of the location and their search to understand it.
This exhibition presents interpretations of places initially unknown to Jenny and Sara alongside works by other artists who are either native to the places they visited or travelled and responded to the same locations. It raises questions about how we see and understand places that are known to us differently to those we explore and discover for the first time.
Territories comprises work by Jenny Graham and Sara Dudman together with the invited artists: Mike Collier, Andy Davey, Toni Davey, Phil Dudman, David Graham and Stef Mitchell.
‘New Territories’, The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre, Taunton
10th October – 26th November 2016
Exhibition review by Adam Grose for a-n : https://www.a-n.co.uk/reviews/new-territories
Exhibition review by Robert Parker for The Brewhouse: https://www.thebrewhouse.net/news/new-territories-exhibition/
Exhibition workshop video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIE7CJF_Zs4
Exhibition website: https://newterritoriessite.wordpress.com/