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Sunday March 19th - the end of April 2023
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After a turbulent time, do you ever look around and notice rubble? It can be hard to decide whether this is the end - the final settling of raw materials - or the beginning: an uncomfortable place of uncertainty from which to build.
This is a portfolio of site-specific work has been created since lockdown in response to feelings of "pandemic hangover".
You're invited into the Doll's House and to try to find comfort in the uncertain situations. I found that my comfort came from interacting with objects that were sentimental or reconnected me with my values.
Each level explores the space using different sculptural objects with soft squishy textures to create comfort and make these uncertain times less intimidating...
Kathryn Tindale, artist, teacher and founder of Red Gate Farm Art, has been sharing her art adventures over the past 10 years. Her first UK exhibition took place with Art Macabre in 2015. Balancing an Art practice alongside a 20-year Artist-Teacher career has been challenging at times. In 2016, she relocated to Stockport to start a new adventure.
Kathryn lets the concepts lead the artwork working in a variety of materials including site specific sculpture, mixed media drawing and hand embroidery. She is currently studying her MA in Artist Teacher Practitioner at Oxford Brookes University and dabbling in filmmaking.
For more about the making process, read on...
The Process, written by Kathryn:
The journey for “From the Rubble with Love” started with a single doll which I carried everywhere for a year.
This doll captured all the daily grime of my life. I painted the doll with porous white paint to encourage the grime. I even invited another artist to try to destroy the doll which is why it looks slightly burnt.
I added other objects to my army: many dolls of different sizes and shapes all painted with matt, porous paint. I have a vessel (untitled piece) designed to be destroyed (and yet it is till going strong) as well as a movable mannequin and Russian dolls that conceal a pristine doll that is protected by the outer layer.
Each doll that sits in this exhibition has some significance to me during a time of uncertainty but I want you to think about what they mean and how they make you feel. I want you to think about times and space of uncertainty and consider which pieces, sculptures or entire rooms might provide you with comfort.
The individual stones are created from the same lino prints developed from automatic drawing. These prints were also used on the embroidery hoops. How many different stone prints can you see in the space? I found that, depending on the purpose, the stone prints can look very different as a stone, as a pattern or in a frame.
I wanted the squishiness to give a sense of comfort in the uncomfortable. Would you like to lie down on a floor of squishy stones? Would this provide you with comfort?
If you look really carefully at the stones, you should be able to find a print that is a smaller version of my Instagram logo – can you see it?
The embroidered hoops are created using lion printing using textiles printing inks on felt. These are then individually hand embroidered using a limited palette of thread. These are made mindfully aiming to remain present while slowing the pace. Each piece is individual – although some have the original print, I see different patterns in each piece and try to select a different section each time a new hoop is created. The embroidery hoops are varnished with wood varnish and have a print on the back. These can be used for display or can be worn! My favourite is the red thread, black print and red felt combo which I wear quite regularly.
The images on the walls represent different parts of my process of uncertainty. They create the atmosphere and set the scene for the
sculptural objects. Drawings include automatic drawing based on neurographics, observational drawings, emulsion transfers and photographs. I found focusing on process comforting during times of uncertainty and I wanted you to see the process alongside the outcomes.
This exhibition represents a moment in time rather than a finishing point: I’m excited to see where the rubble is going to lead me. This work is the culmination of research that I have been
exploring relating to identity and how we make sense of different parts of ourselves and how we find balance or reconnect these aspects of ourselves. Exhibiting the work in this way has produced some revelations in my process and my aesthetics with every piece communicating with each other.
The exhibition is open 07:00-22:00 from March 19th - the end of April 2023.