Now in their third week of residency, the Celf O Gwmpas artists are busy making work and trying new techniques. While Dean Warburton and Ceridwen Powell have now gone back to Wales, Jan Butler, Marion Fletcher and Gaynor Rees are still with us until the end of the week.
Jan Butler is very inspired by bees, in particular the solitary bee, who makes a small nest out of flower petals. She has been collecting info about bees, and started making small nests with found petals. She then moved on to bigger ones in felt. This week, she is experimenting with pate de verre with volunteer Mark Brogan, and intends to make new nests with the material. The work focusses on the notion of a home for everybody.
Gaynor Rees‘s work engages with ideas of ability and disability. Last week, she stood in George Square dressed as an owl, with a sign saying “What is Dyslexia, ADHD, Irlen Syndrom, Dyspraxia?”, and encouraged passers by to interact with her and give their opinion or experience of the conditions. She has also carved three owls in clay, the first one covering its eyes, the second its ears and the last its mouth. She is currently learning new glass techniques with Mark, making Braille sculptures. People will be invited to interact with the pieces and find out what they mean.
Marion Fletcher‘s work focusses on things that she is no longer physicaly able to do. One of her pieces will be a short stop motion film of two people walking up the steps of Kelvingrove museum – a place she has walked herself in the past- with a drawing of herself incrusted in the image. Another piece will include an open mouth with an eye in it, a clear reference to her sometimes slurred speech and difficulty to find words to express herself: “The eye says it all”. The last piece she has been working on is a ceramic sculpture titled Hanging on of her foot emerging and transforming into a gripping hand.
The work, along with Dean Warburton‘s hat sculptures and Ceridwen Powell‘s paintings will be exhibited in our Research Exhibition Space from the 2nd October.