Although the pressure started earlier for me this year, I’m beginning to feel it tightening its grip. Determined not to let the season of summer madness get the better of me, I have declined a few possible festival workshops (usually done for love not money!) in order to keep focused on important commissions/exhibitions coming up later in the year. However, there still seems to be a gathering list of exhibitions, and I’ve spent much of the past week either delivering/installing or collecting work! The long journeys and physical exertion of lifting/carting work can be time-consuming, expensive and exhausting. No matter how hard I try, I can’t say no and often, the good exhibitions are miles away. The trick is to make the most of every journey.
Last Monday, with a bit of clever planning, I incorporated 3 appointments in one day, so that the travel to Devon was fully utilised. With truck fully loaded, I went first to Greenway (Agatha Christie’s place – so beautiful) to discuss a possible solo exhibition there next year, which is exciting. Agatha described it as “the loveliest place in the world”, and I can see her point. Overlooking the river Dart and a boathouse, her georgian home is surrounded by lush planting, lichen and mossy woodland. I was entranced!
I then went on to Cornwood to install work for the Delamore Arts exhibition (runs throughout May) – a great venue, particularly for sculpture. And finally, a trip to a small Gallery in Exmouth (LookArt). My dog and I enjoyed several walks that day exploring each area, so it was quite an adventure.
Whilst in Bath last week collecting flyers for the Widcombe Trail (18/19th May) and delivering work, amongst other errands I visited Bath Abbey to see the Odyssey exhibition (about journeys), including work by Tessa Farmer and Damian Hirst. I first saw Tessa’s work at the Saatchi Gallery, but this was even better. Her ‘Voyager’ piece contains miniscule winged skeletons spearing beetles on the back of a real swan with strange growths… incredible!
Yesterday I drove north to Showborough House, Twyning, Glos to install there. It took up most of the day, but another great venue for sculpture I can’t resist.
Now I have a week or two to get stuck into making (hopefully in the sunshine), before the next set of installing. For a full list of forthcoming exhibitions please see here.