Philomena’s Winter Show at the New Inn has taken the artist in a new direction, the new pieces have been dubbed ‘3D paintings’.
Philomena says “I have spent this year going back to thinking in my sketchbook.” Sketching is an essential part of an artist’s life. To quote the Master Penman Jake Weidmann, “You should study 50% as much as you practice.” Drawing directly from life not only hones in on skills, but also in particular is a practise in the capturing of an essence of existence. Just as we receive feelings from a colour, we lance feelings into a creation.
Her way of working is to externalise inner thoughts. We all have a dual existence: the physically perceived way of living that runs alongside an internal dialogue. These two reels often play the same piece of film, but at times they digress from each other; neither one switching off, but the outer one certainly not representative of the inner. Her interest is in externalising our thoughts and daydreams. Feelings from a time spent in a remembered cottage, nestled amidst heather and bracken, with a warm, dark cosiness. How an apple tastes; frames of mind.
The model-making began with a piece called “Paper Flowers”. Philomena says “It is a room I used to live in a long time ago: a room in my head that enclosed and puzzled me. The only flowers that could grow there were made of paper. The only stairs in there to climb led somewhere out of the frame.”
The Destruction in the title of the show is what she has done to her old oil paintings – she has been cutting them up, and incorporating them into experimental models. Hence their Lift-Off into ‘3D paintings’.
The New Inn, Stoke Abbott is showcasing this new work over Christmas. It is entitled “Destruction for Lift-Off”. Come and meet Philomena, who had a recent exhibition at Farley Farm House, in West Sussex. Here her canvases hung in rooms where some of the giants of Modernism – such as Picasso and Lee Miller – lived and worked.
There will also be limited edition artists prints on acid free paper with light fast ink, to the standard of The Guild of Fine Arts.
And (as above printing standard) limited edition “Pages from my Sketchbook”, for a more affordable Christmas Present.
New Inn, Stoke Abbott, Beaminster Dorset, DT8 3JW 12th Dec – 23rd Jan