Thursday 21 June to Monday 16 July
Sandra Storey, Jane Carlisle Bellerby, Frances Payne and Fiona Mazza explore the relationships between objects, collections, landscape and memory, seen through diverse lenses and mediums. Hidden places of the North York Moors and of the mind underline connections between the natural world and emotional well-being.
Sandra Storey grew up in Ruswarp, a village just outside Whitby.
She gained a degree in Fine Art, qualified as an Art Psychotherapist and worked in the NHS, while continuing with her own art. She is now undertaking an MA in Creative Practice at Harrogate College.
Sandra’s recent drawing, painting and printmaking explores a life-long attachment to the North York Moors area. As artist-in-residence at Whitby Museum she was inspired by its artefacts and collections, and developed printmaking techniques which resonate with her subjects.
My art often refers to the landscape of childhood memory, based in the Whitby area and dominated by sea and moorland.
Discovering unexpected images through printmaking techniques is akin to an archaeological find or discovering buried treasure.
I am interested in ‘traces’ from the past and how they might be expressed in objects that are meaningful to individuals. These could be personal objects or museum artefacts, and I explore ways in which these might be collected and displayed.
Fiona Mazza was born in Yorkshire and has always been interested in the natural world.
After going back into education in 1998 Fiona studied ceramics, and then became a technician and part-time lecturer at Harrogate College. She was awarded a First-Class BA Honours degree (Harrogate College) in 2010.
Her work is influenced by landscape, and by nature in the landscape. Each piece is hand-built, or slip-cast and carved. Coloured slips are applied and burnished to create a smooth finish, then bisque-fired to 980°.
The final firing for the butterfly pots is ‘Raku’, the drama of which appeals to Fiona both as a creator and as an appropriate way to finish her naturally inspired work.
There are more examples of her work on her website, www.fionamazza.co.uk.
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