|Written by Vidya Wolton|
|Tuesday, 28 February 2012 10:22|
I’ve had to take stock of the last year in more ways than one. That sounds a bit ominous but I’m mainly alluding to a corrupted hard drive on my computer with the loss of a year’s worth of images and writing. As I hadn’t backed up I can only put it down to experience and am now scanning my memory for what was stored on disk. In a way it encompasses my passions and practice to date including food art (very much into cooking and yes, documenting a few successes). Then there is the writing side of my work which has become increasingly important to me. I have been blogging on and off for several years via my personal website and enjoy writing prose and poetry when the mood takes me. Alongside this has been the appearance of Sandy, the Jack Russell on the scene some 6 months ago. She is a huge influence on my life and art with her quirky ways and keen instinct for snuffling, digging, scratching and general naughtiness. I have been able to draw her when out and about but also at rest of an evening. Here are pages from my sketchbook of Sandy and her ‘mini-me’ as I call it. My work tends to be quite psychologically charged whether drawing dogs or people. I’m sure there is some deep significance to the mini-me, perhaps her puppy state. Who knows, as she is a rescue dog and we are unclear about her past.
Hot off the press are photos of work from last year which I am now madly documenting in a bid to build up my image bank again. This is the textile art I made reference to in last month’s blog and although starting off as a conventional 2D surface there is a tendency on my part to wrap pieces round objects. In this case it is one of my handmade boxes which were a particular feature of my last Solo show at Quay Arts, the island’s main Arts venue.
It is through the ‘Quay’ that I do a lot of my networking and was able to meet a prominent painter Day Bowman who was touring her work regionally. We had the opportunity for a short motivational chat which has really helped me get my ideas straight. It’s good to be taken seriously by someone as talented as Day, who does large expressive canvases alongside smaller more intimate works. It seems ok to work small and produce something quite precious and even jewel-like in terms of colour and layering of media. So I am armed with my fabric, paints, sketchbooks, all as a reservoir to hopefully draw upon in future ventures.
For more images of my Fine Art practice and blogging archive please visit www.vidyaworks.co.uk
Images: Box Wrapping, Vidya Wolton (above right), Sandy and Mini-me (above left), Vidya Wolton