Saturday, 25 April 2015

Metamorphose - International Biennial for Paper & Fibre Art

In passing in a previous post (here), I mentioned the Water -Fibre - Paper - Metamorphosis exhibition currently to be seen in Cirencester at New Brewery Arts.  This exhibition is part of the International Biennial for Paper & Fibre Art and will travel to several other international venues later in the year.

I finally found the time to go and see the work again yesterday afternoon, this time with my camera. Previous attempts to photograph the work with my phone had not been satisfactory.

This lovely exhibition provides a sample of current work in paper and other fibres by artists from the UK, Europe, the USA and Japan and features different fibres from across the world.

I have here a selection of my favourite pieces that photographed well. I hope they show the wide range of media, subject matter and approach to be found in the exhibition.

First there is Eeny-Meeny by Minnamarina Tammi from Finland, which is described as a tableau in newspaper, magazines and paper. The delicate piece was extraordinarly beautiful as well as dramatic.


Then I liked Sunset III by Paula Jiun No from Germany in handmade papers,


And Memoire by Marie-Claire Meier from Switzerland.


I was also fascinated by the precision of News of the Day by Helen Tschacher from Germany.


Three very different pieces complete my selection. First there is the beautifully delicate Babel by Catherine Bernard from France. This is an installation in Kozo cellulose and thread.


Then there is White Water by Marjorie Tomchuk from the USA. This grid of pressed designs was made in cotton fibre paper which was airbrush coloured. 


And last of all, is Graven Images 6 by Cherilyn Martin from the Netherlands. This paper and mixed media piece which is on the wall in the photo that began this post is shown here in close up. I'd love to know the story behind the work.


Metamorphosis can be seen at New Brewery Arts in Cirencester until 31 May and, for those who live close enough, is an exhibition which is not to be missed.



8 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great photos. It is absolutely amazing what artists are doing with paper and fiber these days! Have a great weekend.

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    1. There was extraordinary variety. Almost the most surprising to me was to see what could be done with humble newsprint.

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  2. This exhibition looks fascinating, wish I could find time to visit.

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    1. If you can find time, it is so worth a visit.

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  3. Interesting that you have visited the exhibition twice. It certainly looks worth more than one viewing. I have it on my list, and am just waiting to hear from a friend if we can meet up there. Thank you for whetting my appetite!

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    1. Visiting Cirencester is so easy for me so I often pop in to see exhibitions at New Brewery Arts more than once. This one was particularly worth the revisit as there were several pieces that stuck in the memory and called for a second look.
      I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and that seeing so much in advance here won't spoil it for you.

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  4. Thank you so much for the tour. Some extraordinary pieces here...especially that last one. It's always such fun to visit a gallery in my jammies!!

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    1. A pleasure, Marny, and good to hear from you. As I set up the post, it was really difficult to choose which pieces to show - and also which was my favourite. They all made a big impact, but perhaps the most striking for me was the first one I showed here, 'Eeny-meeny' but it was closely followed by 'Babel' - so delicate and glowing with the light showing through.

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