Listasavn Føroya -The Faroe Islands Art Museum in Tòrshavn

Day 3 of my journey around The Faroe Islands with The Clipperton Project.

Today was a Sunday. Sunday in Tòrshavn means that basically everything was closed, including all the buses! So, we had a rather lazy start to the day… a wee lie in, and milling around internet researching, and munching on cookies!!

Around lunchtime we headed out to the Listasavn Føroya (after a quick detour from the Nordic House, which was shut… fret not! I got to it later!!) which is the national art gallery in the Faroe’s, and one of the only things open!!!

Fine arts started relatively late within Faroese culture, with crafts and handmade items being favoured to occupy the makers’ hands. Painting, drawing, sculpture, etc. were overlooked until around 1800, but most art from earlier on, hasn’t always survived. The Faroese Art Society, who run this museum, now endeavour to preserve and promote all the fine arts that the Faroe Islands have to offer!

I wasn’t allowed to take my camera in, but I sneaked a few photos on my iPod… shh!!!

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This room/installation was amazing, and my photos don’t really do it justice! The floor and ceiling was mirrored, and the walls were lined with colourful blue toned stained glass. The mirrors gave the feeling of stepping into infinity, a reoccurring figure amongst the waves. It was beautiful.

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I’m going to do another post about these birds in suits as I loved Edward Fuglø’s work, and naturally had to buy these postcards for my art wall!

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Outside the gallery were bronze sculptures (by Hans Pauli Olsen who I’ll blog about later when we get to the selkie statue!), and it was surrounded by a stunning wooded parkland, which I wandered around getting lost with the trolls and hidden people…

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I think this one is my favourite. It speaks to me of an elemental soul escaping, or perhaps being grounded. It’s beautiful, and the texture is stunning.

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I was feeling a little inspired! and doodled a few things in my sketchbook, which I’ll share in some later posts with lots of hand-journalled images!!
I enjoyed wandering around this woodland. It was incredibly peaceful… Relaxing… inspiring… peaceful.
Stay tuned for more…!
Chloe out.

Where Our Minds Are Now

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Last week my Hairy Legs were featured in Tin Roof’s exhibition Where Our Minds Are Now

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In recognition of International Women’s Day 2016, Tin Roof are delighted to present WHERE OUR MINDS OUR NOW; an exhibition created in response to the theme of Women and Gender Parity.

Exhibiting over 30 artists from a range of different backgrounds, working in a variety of mediums, we have brought together an impressive miscellany of visual approaches to be as inclusive as possible. Consequently, this show is sure to be an exciting and eclectic mix, exploring contemporary interpretations of women in art.

Join us on Friday 4th March at 7pm for the opening night, at which there will be a short talk from local artist and DJCAD lecturer Pernille Spence, on the importance of the presence and representation of women in contemporary art. (She also has work in ‘The Mother Load’ exhibition at The Hannah Maclure Center!)

The usual refreshments will be provided, along with a bake sale to raise funds for Dundee Women’s Aid, so fill those pockets with loose change!

The exhibition will run from the 5th-9th March from 12-5pm

Exhibiting Artists: Ruth Archibald-Swaans, Sue Beveridge, Craig Black, Alana Brown, Andrea Campomanes, Kirsty Dalton, Violet Fraser, Robyn Glendinning, Rosemary Head, Joanna Helfer, Chloe Henderson, Ana Hine, Naya Magaliou, Emma McDowall, Pauline McGee, Siobahn Morison, Eilidh Morris, Drew Mortimore, Shannon Murray, Ciara Neufeldt, Alison Philp, Lucie Rachel, Rosie Roberts, Robyn Scanlan, Sarah Smart, Aylson Stewart, Sylvia Tarvet, Stephanie Vandem, Saara Varady, * VINNIE *, Eilidh Wilson, Nicola Wiltshire

The exhibition seemed to go really well, so I thought I’d share a few of my favourites (photos courtesy of Tin Roof)…..

 

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Sara Varady

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And last but not least….. my own :)

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Chloe out.

Edinburgh Art Fair 2015

The 11th annual EAF will take place at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange from Friday 13th – Sunday 15th November 2015. With 60 galleries showcasing the work of hundreds of established and emerging, national and international artists from all four corners of the globe, there will be literally thousands of artworks for sale including; paintings, sculpture, original prints, photography, ceramics and glass.

We popped along to the Edinurgh Art Fair last Sunday, and it was rather delightful. I love wandering around a room filled with so much talent, it’s more than a little inspiring… so, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourites from the show…

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Rachel Ann Stevenson

Margaretann Bennett

Mary Trodden

Frances Doherty

Juli Jolly… I might be a little bit in love with her work.

James Bonstow

 

Lucianne Lassalle

Georgie Woolridge a zentangle goddess. Love.

Chloe out.

Introductions to the Past: Untitled (Out of Nature)

Untitled (Out of Nature) was put in motion on the first day of art class in my final year of school. Our task: create an installation. I had never made an installation in my life, i had barely done anything in three dimensions. But that didn’t stop me from being excited.

My inspiration for this project was drawn from a photograph i had taken on my summer holiday that year, a simple photo of a quirky way a shop owner in Corfu had decided to make his sign stand out:

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Our topic for this year was “Openings” and from there is where i took all my flowers, flowers are a perfect representation of openings. But for this installation i kind of wanted to turn that on it’s head. Instead of having my flowers living in the bagged water like on the sign, i wanted to truly remove them from their natural setting and preserve them. Remove their life, remove their openings.

I sealed the flowers up by firstly dipping them into molten wax and coating them over and over and then i strung them up fully inside the plastic water filled bags. I brought the idea of preservation out further by attaching labels with the flowers scientific names written on them.

That was when this piece was given it’s title.

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After having my plastic bags hanging above me for a few weeks, i came across this piece by Christine Borland “Spirit Collection: Hippocrates”

And i wanted to alter my piece.

I kept the waxed flowers but took them out of their bags and placed them in hanging jars instead.

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It was an interesting experimentation but i still think i prefer the bags.

 

I’d like to bring this project into the light and do something with it in the future. It was a great first installation, it was what led me to really get into the world of installations and it helped me realize how much i loved making things with my hands. One day, i’ll do more with it, for now i just thought i’d dust it off and share it with you.

What do you think of the work?

Chloe out.

Silver Birthday Roses

I was commissioned to make a full set of silver roses based upon a junk-jewellery rose earring the client bought, loved, and lost part of on holiday. My instructions were to stick to the basic shape of the earring, but add my own flair, add a texture to the silver and make them much much bigger!

This is the original earring:

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After a few copper samples…

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… and a leafy moustache…

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… I got to work on the silver set…

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… and this is how it turned out all polished up and pretty:

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Hopefully, when she’s feeling better I’ll got some cute modelled shots too :)

What do you think?

This commission was a bit of a challenge for me. I’ve never make a structured piece with so many layers before, and I’m pretty proud of how they turned out… I might have to add this sculptural layering way of making into my current project somewhere!

If you’re interested in setting up a commission, please pop on over to my Commissions Page for more details.

Chloe out.

Edinburgh Art Fair 2014

We haven’t been to the Edinburgh Art Fair for the past few years, so decided to rectify that and popped along yesterday afternoon.

It was rather wonderful.

I would love to get my own work into a gallery one day and have lovey dovey arty types wandering around pretending they know what my work was trying to convey and what atmosphere it evokes…. one day perhaps!

For now…. here are a few of my favourites from the show…

Louise McNaught

Steve Yeates

Lucy Campbell

Frances Doherty

Christina Upadhyay

Sophie Derrick

Marie-Louise Wrightson

Beautiful, huh?

 

Chloe out.

 

Moonwalking Catwoman & Rain-making Kelpies

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After a bit of drunken dad dancing at The Paper Mill and hungover baking in the wonderful Scottish sun! The wonderful Sara Jane Woods transformed into Catwoman!!! and headed out in the rather dreary Edinburgh night to walk 13miles all in aid ofraising money to beat breast cancer.

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Congratulations catwoman!

Next year we’ll be there walking with you…. well… behind you! Not only did she walk 13 miles at midnight dressed as catwoman but managed it in about 3 hours!!

New York moonwalk next year i think………..

 

 

 

After our late night cheering on catwoman (ish) for our leisurely Sunday activity we decided to head out to Falkirk and visit The Kelpies.

If you’re reading this catwoman and hungover parents i read up a little on the story behind… well, why kelpies!

You can read the full artist statement here, but in brief Andy Scot has a connection with the area and his work often possesses an equine focus. He wanted to create art that reflected and i guess stood as a monument to the horses of the past who would work up and down the canal ways, and by creating them in (you were right Dad! laser cut) steel they capture the industrial feel.

I like his summing up points “As with all of my works, they will doubtless create many narratives and the original Kelpie myth will inevitably resurface.  The title will spark a mystical interpretation in many viewers.  That is up to the beholder and of course I welcome the engagement of the widest possible audience in the sculptures.   My intent however is built around a contemporary sculptural monument more than an ancient legend.

Because without knowing anything about them, other than their title, all i thought about was the myth of the kelpie. From far away they appear as horse heads, but from angles up close the true mythical qualities are unleashed. Standing beneath them you can’t help but feel the lure of the kelpie, I desparatley wanted to go inside one of the creatures (a wee tip before you go, book a guided tour and you can go inside one of them!); perhaps that would be my downfall, in the myth my desire to be lead inside would end in an icy drowning…… maybe that’s why we were battered with rain.

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Wonderful weekend, thanks guys :)

Chloe out.