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Enbosu – new work by Wendy Daws
2nd September 2017 @ 11:00 am - 30th September 2017 @ 3:00 pmFree
Enbosu (‘to emboss’ in Japanese) explores the concept of memory and interpretation through touch. This new collection includes tactile embossed paper works using Japanese woodblock printing to visually represent elements of the eye, alongside suspended images of people’s eyes set in clear silicon.
Artist Wendy Daws has also used the process of gilding to create a large scale image of the blood vessels at the back of her own eye. This is a reference to the medical use of gold for certain eye conditions as well as to ‘Kintsugi’ the Japanese art of repairing damaged pottery with gold.
Wendy has always been fascinated by different materials, their properties and how they can be manipulated. She is not afraid of fragility and she is not precious about the work she makes. She invites you to touch and feel the objects in this exhibition. The marks made by your fingers adding a new layer or story to its existence.
Daws is well known for her inspiring and highly creative participatory work with marginalised groups, notably visually impaired and older people. These experiences have in turn informed and inspired her art practice. Enbosu is a visceral, tactile, texture rich journey through a world of sight and sight loss providing us with a unique insight into Wendy’s perceptions of the creative journeys of the many people she has worked over the course of her career.