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Cut Paper Art

Posted Monday, March 16th, 2015
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Fiona Scott-Wilson creates images, often of birds or wildlife in nature creating a new kind of art combining Japanese paper cuts of the exquisite British flora and fauna following an Eastern tradition of presentation.


Her works take on a sort of reality of their own, existing in a mythical flat spaced kingdom frozen in time. Her subjects include the many and varied species of British bird. Her images sometimes rework one of her remarkable ink illustrations.


It is the village artist from the perspective of the worldly traveller. Indeed her work encompasses, in multiple media, village life during her five year soujourn in the mountain villages of Italy in Gouache, large acrylic canvases of birds also in the oriental style. The cut paper works are an original hybrid of traditional techniques and the modern. They are also stunning artefacts.

Fiona Scott-Wilson’s website features her 2014 exhibition of cut paper works.

Duchamp Cage and Cunninham

Posted Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Review of exhibition at The Barbican


The Duchamp/Cage aspects of the exhibit were excellently curated, and the works were brilliant. Highlights were the sculptures and Duchamp’s paintings.

The dancers themselves were extremely good and although their inclusion was effective, some aspects of the technical production were out of step with the choreography. For Cunningham lighting is part of the performance.  The lights appeared to be dimming on a timer instead of being controlled in a style that befit the performance. The dimming out in the middle of a solo performance seemed misjudged. The player grand pianos were a great touch although it seemed only one was playing.

Also the sounds related to the art sometimes seemed to clash one side of the room competing with the other. I found it jarring at times, rather loud and could not really feel the value in some of the voiced parts.

Jethro Lentle – illustrator of extremes

Posted Sunday, December 4th, 2011
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Elaine Boiled by *Dystoper on deviantART

Christine Webster – Transitions

Posted Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Christine Webster Transitions

Exhibition at the The Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, UK.

Christine Webster

Posted Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
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Blindfield from Christine Webster on Vimeo.

A short film based on the gruelling experience of Webster’s own Grandmother who was the recipient of ECT treatment in an asylum in the 1950s in New Zealand.

Director, Christine Webster
Cinematographer, Tim Sidell
Editor, Kath Lee
Composer, Rael Jones

Blindfield which began as an installation work in 2007 and was edited as an 11 minute short film in 2009. Selected for Athens Video Art Festival and Split 14th International Film Festival in 2009 with special mention for creativity.

Christine Webster’s website

La Macchina Botanica at Venice Biennale

Posted Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
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A Rube Goldberg machine made at the Venice Biennale, 2011.

Constructed in 5 days with the help of 40 local kids, at the Greenhouse of the Venice Giardini.

Designed by Joseph Herscher, with construction assistance from Mauro Delley, Michaela Intra and Elisa Paulin.

Leila Galloway – What We Am

Posted Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
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Exhibition presented by The Maud McCann Gallery

at the

Master Shipwrights House, Deptford

What We Am

Work: Leila Galloway
Music: Mute Swimmer

British Sculpture

Posted Saturday, July 10th, 2010
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An exhibition at the Royal British Society of Sculpture opened on May 19th. Curated by Leila Galloway and Andy Price the exhibition The Thought of Stuff opened with a range of works photographed below.

“The Thought of Stuff is an exhibition at the Royal British Society of Sculptors that combines work by Alison Wilding, Esmeralda Valencia, Jack Strange, Wayne Lucas, Adam Gillam and Jonthan Callan, with a performed talk by Elizabeth Rosser at the Shipwright’s Palace in Deptford. These seven diverse practices share a commitment to something that might be identified with sculpture – an initmate confrontation with materiality in generating new becomings.”

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Originality ****
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Sculptor Doris Salcedo

Posted Friday, May 21st, 2010
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Photos at the Saatchi Gallery

Posted Thursday, April 15th, 2010
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Took some photographs of an extraordinary exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery.  These works of art are mostly from India and reveal paths of thought that may not occur to the minds that make art in London.  Who knows, really?

Several of the sculptures had a very profound effect on me.  The most original ones were the tar covered man and breathing matresses, the pile of old decrepid chairs (The Dance of Democracy) and a room half filled with robot people, steam punk style.  A suitcase contained a folded up camel, and a giant boy who ruled the back room – both disturbing.

***** Originality
***** Artistic values

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