Sara Fanelli, Six Characters in Search of an Author, exhibition at the Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, Surrey.

May 4, 2009

As yet without a title, I am experimenting with colour intensity, so it is a work in progress.

As yet without a title, I am experimenting with colour intensity, so it is a work in progress.

Well now, “Six Characters in Search of an Author” by Pirandello was one of my favourite plays when I studied it (at Hillcroft College in Surbiton) as part of my CNAA Certificate, before going to University. So I leapt at the chance to go and see a visual take on the play last Wednesday. I spent a lot of the evening of the private view re-reading the play, on some nice comfortable cushions in the stage area. This was a great idea. I did socialise a bit too… when I had finished my skim read! Sara Fanelli has her own very distinctive style of visual communication, and it must have been great for her to be able to carry out her work on a large scale in a gallery setting, rather than on the pages of a book. I was very struck by the two rusty anvils holding one of the large wooden panels in place. A very interesting exhibition, and a lovely evening.

Image is one of fruits of my life drawing labours, translated digitally. I’m working on different methods of presentation for my photographic work. It’s not conventional, and I am not keen to present it in the traditional way of a glass glazed picture frame, with mount. Well, for some might be OK, but not all. And then, of course, what papers exactly for which images? I am realising that to create the image is only the beginning of the story! I am excited that when I get the opportunity to exhibit at the CornerHOUSE Arts Centre in Tolworth early next year, I will have some great space to use, which is a new experience for me. It opens up lots of exciting possibilities. As is my usual fashion, I have billions of ideas and not enough time, money, or energy to make them all happen, but it is fun thinking about them.

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