Lewes Artwave 2019
‘The Art of Living Well’ at Soulfit
We are delighted to be showcasing such an exciting group of local artists & photographers:
Claire Alexander Moore - Jenny Arran - Torz Dallison - Sarah Weal
The overall theme focuses on Wellness - looking at health & wellbeing
Bun + Bean at Soulfit will be open throughout the Artwave festival - serving teas, coffees & their delicious raw snacks
Opening times: 11.00-14.00
17th & 18th
24th, 25th & 26th
31st & 1st
Australian born, UK-based artist, poet & teacher. Claire Alexander Moore makes ‘illustrated poetry’ - inspired by nature, space, meditation, geometry & the Tao. Her interest is in the point where word & line connect - this zero point of abyss which exists in the un-navigated creative space. Claire is always looking to unite the spaces within herself & to connect with the wider universe by reaching into this internal plain. The lines, shapes & words that come from this exploration make up the majority of her work.
Growing up between rivers, mountains, lakes & beaches on a farm in South Eastern Australia. Claire’s first memory is of sky & land - ‘Nature has always been my keeper’. She studied a degree in Creative Arts in Melbourne, but followed a thread that enabled her to help others, leading to a qualification as a Creative Arts Therapist. Claire then moved to London & worked as an Art Therapist in Hackney, a revolutionary & inspiring space where she received immense healing. It was here she started to draw & link her work together.
Claire also teaches & studies a form of Sundo – a Taoist healing & Ki-Gong practice. She has three children & collaborates with her husband/creative partner photographer Casey Moore. They live together in Kingston near Lewes, East Sussex. All this combines together for Claire, presenting itself through her art as poetry & line.
At the centre of Jenny Arran’s practice is an interest in the idea that we are imprinted by the forms & energy of the landscapes we grow up in or connect to.
Jenny works intuitively & responsively - the process feels like a conversation & the pieces are sensory responses, drawing on interactions with place, matter, light & memory. The forms & shapes of landscape come instinctively.
Jenny grew up in Wales - in Welsh the word 'Hiraeth' captures both the depth of relationship or kinship with the landscape & also a sense of longing.
The paintings are in oil, worked directly onto the surface of the wood & the drawings are made using an axe dipped in ink.
Jenny studied Sculpture at Brighton University & at the Slade School of Fine Art. She lives & works in Lewes. www.jennyarran.co.uk
Torz Dallison studied editorial photography at Brighton University before running her own jewellery business for many years. A move to New York turned her attention back to photography and, now living in Lewes, is back studying at Brighton undertaking an MA in photography.
The images selected for ‘The Art of Living Well’ are taken from an ongoing series Mother and Child that began ten years after losing my mother. It is an exploration into memory & loss, with a focus on what continues to grow and what remains present within the absence.
Virginia Woolf declared: ‘For we think back through our mothers if we are women’. As Woolf alluded to the experiences of the masses through a single voice, the trace of maternal lineage is central to my work.
Nature is maternal - she is the life-giver & ultimately where all life returns. The softness of the foliage embracing this landscape reflects nature’s connection with the feminine. A dichotomy endures between the deserted ancient structures that stand alongside the flowing river.
By using a large format camera and the black & white darkroom, an emphasis was placed on a slow & contemplative pace throughout.
Sarah Weal is an editorial portrait photographer whose work for magazines and private individuals concentrates on environmental settings without artifice.
“As a photographer it is always a privilege to be trusted enough to take a portrait of someone; even better is when that person ‘let’s you in’.
For me to do my job properly and ‘well’ I need to photograph people who are being themselves but are comfortable and confident to let me photograph them as I see them. This relationship is essential to my work and the portraits chosen here illustrate this delicate balance.
“Max” is a portrait of my son after a walk on the Downs. He was completely engrossed in an imaginative game and, clearly still in character as I lifted the camera, quite naturally adopted this ‘pose’. There is trust here but there is also distance. He is not yet back in the real world but for a few moments let me see inside his.
“The Last Hat Blocker” is a portrait taken inside the workshop of Boon & Lane, the last of it’s kind in the UK, an extraordinary place of billowing smoke and molten metal poured directly onto a beaten earth floor. The two partners who own it and work there are highly skilled and deeply passionate about their craft. Their absorption in their work and dedication to their craft is evident the moment one enters their unique world.”