|Julie Foley Fine Art||
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......No kit-kats involved....Needed to catch up with stuff that I neglected in the run up to the exhibition .....my ironing pile has long since become an installation....which I may submit to an Open somewhere. Ive also been inspired by a few recycling and renovation pics I came across. Made these shelves out of old fruit boxes...LOVE THEM.....love them even more coz they didnt cost a penny!!
Incongruous? .... or not ..... the words seem to be, when separated, ...and yet here they are .....in this image they belong...they connect and become akin. I have been feeling incongruous to the collaboration and yet here we are ....... Coreen and I .... working on an exhibition ... called Connections ...because this was the word that was the Crucible that held such meaning to us. It was how we 'recognised' each other. I saw something of myself in her work and she in mine.....and yet the differences are outstanding? Im not sure why but this image holds a clue........getting closer to the 'unlocking' .... Oh my giddy aunt!!........the rust flowers surround an elaborate lock on a container!!! ............?.............................................................................. and today I was given a beautiful pair of Red Shoes by my beautiful friend B ... and when I was little I had a pair of Red Shoes that were stolen during a PE lesson!!!!!! I LOVED those shoes so much I cried buckets ......?.....the plot thickens........
I had my day planned until Coreen texted early, suggesting a meeting to discuss the 'collaboration'....so plans happily changed. Thoroughly enjoyed discussing 'stuff'', drinking Chai Tea (another first) and seeing her new work. When suddenly she suggested seeing "IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK..." Her husband is involved in this and its an installation of writing by the women of Breightmet, Bolton. In collaboration with Bolton at Home's East Neighbourhood Management Team, A Poet - Louise Wallwein and supporting Artists: Paul Gent (Wall Graphics), Jennifer Gilmour (Textiles), Mel Harris (Sound Recording and Mark Haig (Sound Installation) these women have created a unique and deeply moving installation in a house. Covering the walls and cushions and duvets with their words and stories and poems.....open the cutlery draw and you hear memories of kitchens and homes of their past in their own voices.....sit on the chair in the bedroom, look in the mirror and you hear the voices of the women and thoughts about self.....walk into the childrens bedroom and hear them tell you what they are good at.....turn around and see Blake's heartbursting drawing of himself and his family. Scattered amongst the writing on the walls are handprints containing written secrets. Their honesty and their heart is beautiful......these women sharing in their own words snippets of life, love and laughter is so poignant and moving and humbling and inspiring and ..... a testimony to the joy and heartbreak and endurance of our everyday lives. Its a not-to-be-missed experience that will change you and your days.........you can arrange to see it by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org ...cant tell you enough how much of a 'must see' it is ........................x
.....I met with a photographer from the Bury Times today. Thought he would probably take a couple of shots and say Thanks and Bye ..... but it was like a photoshoot!! ..." lean this way, look that way, lift your chin, a little more to the left....now can you sit forward whilst I put this remote controlled flash on the seat behind you.... ok now stand this way but look that way" ..... I was REALLY embarrassed but he was a nice guy and insisted I didnt look anything like Mad Madam Mim .....but I think he says that too all the girls....... www.timbradleyphotography.com
.......and Curiouser..........I have recently been doubting my contribution to the 'Connections' collaboration with my artist friend Coreen.....we discussed it and agreed to wait until my exhibition at Malt was up and running. That was 4 days ago.
At the same time 15 of us at Bury Collective are involved in a Bookmaking Project. During a Workshop at Bury Archives, a large leatherbound book inspired me.....and this influenced the design of the book I have made. My book is made from 'found' objects .... the lid of a box I found thrown under a bush near my house, an embroidered Tea Cloth from a broken teatray found in a skip, my old drawing board, the beautiful old printing blocks presently on loan to the Archives, the pages of a hardback exercise book that had been bound by my Dad, Keith, when he worked for a book-binding company; Morris and Yeamans and an old leather belt from when I was teenager. Whilst we were viewing the treasures in the Archives, small fragments were left behind because of the age and fragility and Bury Archives kindly agreed to gather all the bits of dust and debris and save them for me to incorporate into a painting. Today, I called in to pick up the fragments gathered so far and to my delight there was an envelope containing larger fragments than anticipated due to the fact they are having a 'Spring Clean' - serendipity! Whilst I was there I had a fascinating conversation with Gillian Paxton the Borough Archivist. Her passion for history and her tender 'guardianship' of the archives was moving and inspiring and she told me about a film that had inspired HER to become an Archivist - Stephen Poliakoff's 'Shooting The Past'. Tonight I watched it on YouTube.....and OMG! ....apart from it being a a fantastic piece of storytelling....I was blown away by its significance to my present doubts ...... there is a constant reference to connections being made!! I am still unsure where all this is leading, but it feels like there is a mystery to be solved and, like Oswald in the film ............I am going to follow the trail ..............x
This word has appeared over and over recently?? .....a vessel for purifying metal......a process of reducing to core elements...?? I took this photograph at Bury Lights Night a few months ago and thought it was like a crucible. Then a few weeks ago I bought a print by Loraine Waites, a talented Printer who is also a member of Bury Collective. It's been a long time since I have bought a piece of art (for financial reasons) but I just had to have it....it was called ....yep .... Crucible. And then, on the day I was hanging my work for the exhibition, a lady came in and sat having a drink at a table in the middle of us, the book she was reading was The Crucible!! I am sure more of the meaning of this will be revealed as time passes, but, the day after my exhibition was hung I experienced one of those 'pockets of silence' and a strong sense of belonging........a belonging to myself. The exhibition and the experience of exposing myself without explanation has been life-changing........and I feel the connection......... x
.....yesterday.....and it was the BEST experience. It was a joy to work alongside such creative and soulful people. Lee Crocker was the Curator and is fascinatingly intuitive.
A HUGE THANK YOU to Lee, Louis Foley, Diane Rickerby, Gillian Berry,Chris Waites and all the Bury Collective members for making it such a lovely experience. And a big thank you to Automatic Lounge for generously supporting the Collective in its endeavours.
I was a little anxious prior to the hanging because its a mix of old and new but, its organically turned out to be a fascinating glimpse into my creative journey so far.Now I just cant wait to clear away all the debris in my Studio, which is affectionately called The Tardis coz its sooooo small........ and start painting again!!!
A little sneak preview before tomorrow's hanging . They are all 'snug as bugs' in their bubblewrap now .....and Im sitting here thinking of all the people and events that lead me to this moment - the night before my first solo exhibition. Im thinking of my Grandad who loved to draw and patiently sat with me up to our ankles in sawdust in his beloved shed and my Gran who showed me that love is ultimately unconditonal. My mum who did her best despite all the barbed wire around her heart. My beautiful soul-sister B, who unknowingly took up my gran's mantle, and fascinatingly now owns and wears my Gran's hat. My children who have taught me lessons of the heart. Certain members of Cow Lane Studios who inspired me with their work and their lives. Sherlock whose wit and heart saw me through many dark days and has always believed in me and 'watched my back' with Italian vigilance....Ellen who has unlocked doors with her buddhist beauty and ALL the P%*^"&*** girls whose lives they share with me. All the Artists that have gone before and the Artist's I walk alongside now at Bury Collective. And John the most honourable man I have ever met. There are so many people who have crossed my path and left nuggets of pure gold. Tonight I feel rich because of them.
I had often experienced this coalition without defining it, until I watched Bruno Wolheim's David Hockney DVD. Today I experienced my hand deeply affecting the eye and the heart of another for the first time. This painting is called Trixie's Confetti.....and grew out of a deepening connection with a friend and her journey, which is inextricably linked with her dog Trixie.
Trixie and my friend are both physically challenged and both are beautiful in more ways than I can write of here. The inspiration for the beginning of the painting came from a photograph my friend took of Autumn leaves lying on the ground, they looked just like confetti. As I began to paint I felt more and more that Trixie should be included. Painting animals is not my thing so I kept ignoring it....and then I gave in to the impulse. I showed it today and it made my friend cry....again for reasons too numerous to speak of here. But, for my hand to create something that truly touches another's 'middle bit' is soooo good on so many levels........x