Dialogues 2022 : Artists

Antonia Beard | www.antoniabeard.com | @antonia_beard
Antonia Beard creates site-responsive works that aim to unpick the dynamics between our personal, manufactured, and natural histories. She approaches each site with no materials or predetermined ideas and allows the space and situation to reveal itself through a process of social and physical engagement. The resulting works connect the elements available at any given site and challenge the ‘standard’ interactions in that environment while coherently sitting within it. Each gesture in the making process is a nod to a conversation, moment or snippet of information gleaned from casual and daily encounters which develop throughout the research process. In this way, her sculptures and installations are a layering of those experiences, digested through an inquisitive examination of materials.

Image: Element, Lay of the Land, Antonia Beard, 2019

Siobhan Cooney | www.siobhancooney.com | @siobhancooneyartist
a symphony plays in the core of my being,
breathing and leaving me whole; refracting
the light on the child inside me expressing
my colourful soul

my language is colour; I see, hear and feel it
weaving and stirring inside; a sacred
journey from darkness to light in the quiet of
me, where I hide

nature inspires and shows me the way
her designs and breathtaking shows;
multi-faceted, infinite patterns in her
energy my freedom flows

to create is to breathe, bring light to the world
leave the imprint of me to be found; defying
conventions, breaking the mould lift my soul,
find solace and ground

Image: Building Colour Shadows, Siobhan Cooney, 2022

Holly James | www.hollyjames.studio | @hollyjames.studio
Holly James’ work is about Phenology — the study of seasons. Her process starts with walking, noticing, and documentation through photography. From photos, she creates a colour library of hex codes. Then she designs grid-based patterns using handmade algorithms. This approach gives the work a natural feel, mirroring nature’s patterns without repeats. James’ work refers to Bauhaus textiles by evolving abstract pattern design using digital techniques. She has been using cross-stitch because of its grid-based constraints. Her works are a joyful celebration of the ever-changing nature of seasons. The colour library acts as a climate archive to document colours and timings that may irretrievably be lost.

Image: October 2021, Holly James, 2021

Melissa Pierce Murray | www.melissapmurray.com | @melissapiercemurray
Melissa Pierce Murray’s practice considers how engagement, interactions, objects and materials can facilitate and deepen awareness of our place in the world. Often interactive or participatory, her sculptural works use an aesthetic driven approach to interweave materials, emotion and narrative, creating a tactile allure and unnerving edginess. Murray’s ideas are motivated by studies in literature, physics and art, while sensitivity to place and material arises from her roots in the Colorado mountains.

Image: Awkward Objects, Melissa Pierce Murray, 2021

Stevie Ronnie | www.stevieronnie.com | @stevieronnie
Stevie Ronnie is an interdisciplinary artist and writer based in Northumberland, UK. His practice occupies the boundaries between traditional artistic disciplines. Stevie’s multisensory works are rooted in poetry and poetics, evoking the hidden mechanisms and technologies that underpin our relationship to written and spoken language. He is interested in the stories we tell by not saying. His recent practice experiments with the shared connections between poetry and painting as handwriting. By combining tactile materials such as hand-painted Braille and bookmaking materials with readymades, sound and colour, these works play with the ways in which audiences can interact with art and art can interact with space.

Image: This is My Witness Statement, Stevie Ronnie, 2022

Carrie Stanley | www.carriestanley.co.uk | @carriestanleyartist
My current practise is ever changing and evolving and I’m embracing using lots of different surfaces and mark making to really connect with the materials in trying to express something almost intangible. I’ve been working automatically for a few months now and the process allows for often surprising colour choices and the emergence of figures and dialogues between paintings and drawings that I couldn’t have predetermined. This way of working is a tool for accessing very difficult personal memories stemming from trauma and by making these visual I hope to engage with others in allowing them to feel that they too can embrace difficult experiences openly and honestly.

Image: Tree of souls, Carrie Stanley, 2021

Diana Terry | www.diterry.com | @diana.terry
Moving interchangeably through drawing, painting, collage and sculpture, multi- disciplinary artist Diana Terry’s work explores the narrative between humanity and the natural environment. Terry lives and works in the Pennines, a vast area of geologically significant moorland whose natural resources became integral to the Industrial Revolution and the growth of major Northern UK towns and cities. Recently she has received a Project grant from ACE called Land Marks which features a new body of work inspired by the scars left by our plundering of these resources and nature’s subsequent healing and reclamation of these sites. Her large oil paintings are part of this series concerning Land Marks. They are semi abstract versions of a quarry rock face. The surface is textured with gravel from the quarry embedded into the gesso which forms a traditional ground for oil painting. The impasto paint is manipulated with palette knives. Taking this process into ceramics she has further abstracted the images into sculptural pieces which contrast the smooth mechanical geometric with the rough and organic. Throughout the series there is a bowl shape which pays homage to the sculpted shapes in the land left after the quarrying.

Image: Quarry Series, Diana Terry, 2021

Mike Thorpe | www.mikethorpe.myportfolio.com | @mikethorpe59
The focal point of Mike Thorpe’s practice is an overall sense of visual restlessness. His work is a response to the plethora of incoming visual cues and how they are intertwined with memory and visceral response. Using a wide range of materials from projected images onto exterior surfaces, to photography, collage and painting, Mike represents observations of place; real and imagined. The work becomes less about specific locations and more about projected memory, impression and sensation. Collaborations with printmakers, poets and musicians lead to the creation of spaces in which to engage with an audience; meeting them in the exciting middle ground between their imagination and the work itself.

Image: Promontory, Mike Thorpe, 2021

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