Once I Caught a Fish
From 16 August 2012 to 22 August 2012
Once I Caught a Fish : Represents an eclectic mix of Kent based artists all exploring the sea through different means and journeys from fascinating objects in clay, paintings, paper and dazzling textile installations to live reports from the Walking Boat.
Opening hours – 11am – 6pm from Monday to Sunday
A Whitstable artist, predominately working in mural painting, set design and scenery painting for local theatre. Working and living by the sea, has provided great inspiration but he has never caught a real fish before, so this exhibition is a great opportunity to explore the magic of the sea and capture on canvas, the mystery of what lies beneath the waves.
Work will explore ‘vessel’, a containing space, but sometimes subverted in that holes and gaps in the container suggest nothing solid or fixed, certainly not water tight.
Water is supposed to flow through, as in wrecked boats with the fish and other creatures living inside the sunken boats and making them home.
Wall pieces explore the human form in water, the nearest we get to a fish like experience.
Studied Ceramics at Kent Institute of Art & Design,Rochesterand lives inWest Kent. Exhibits regularly with studio pieces, in community settings and public art commissions.
Textiles and painting explore the turbulence, tranquillity and patterns of the sea. The installation was started last year, in a fishing village in South India and finished inKent. Work combines the exotic, sumptuous, richness of textiles, contrasting with the ritual and necessity of fishermen going out to sea.
Pattern and repetition of motif are apparent in the designs, some disappear and diminish into the background and others almost escaping from the surface, like a fish, with a sense of freedom.
Studied at Central St Martin’s College of Art & Design, exhibited extensively in UKand India. www.wendysmith.co.uk
Guest Artist – Reporting tweets from Andy Baldwin, the voyage of the Walking Boat, from the North Atlantic on his way from the UK to Canada this summer.