Into the Woods at Durlston Country Park 25 July-7 August. In this exhibition 8 artists respond to the forms and atmosphere of woodland. Working in sculpture, painting, drawing, photography and animation, they celebrate the magical properties of the woods and their importance within an environmental context. The exhibiting artists are Tim Edgar, Jay Goulding, Jim Hunter, Tony Kerins, Debbie Lee, Shannon Ribbons, Katy Shepherd and Julie Winsor.
As a child I was unaware of the unseen dangers of playing in the woods, but as a woman entering the woods alone to sketch I feel vulnerable to the unseen and uncanny nature of the woods. I have looked at fairytales for inspiration in particular Hansel and Gretel and Babes in the Wood to help me to convey this feeling of uneasiness. Image: Into the Woods triptych oil on canvas 76x202cm.
Black Swan Arts Open 2022. I have two paintings of my daughter selected for the Black Swan Arts Open in Frome. This exhibition runs from 15 July-11 September. School Girl and Cat, oil on aluminium 36x28cm. I often paint childhood memories. These portraits of children are on the threshold of adolescence which is a time of transformation.
In the Sitter oil on aluminium 36x28cm, my daughter assists me in a magic trick exploring the theme of psychological transformation through play: a girl vanishes…now you see her now you don’t.
Fringe Arts Bath
Glitch at 44AD Art Space, Abbey Street, Bath 27 May-12 June
I am pleased to be in Glitch. Glitch is a group exhibition curated by Lisa Lindqvist for Fringe Arts Bath. This show explores the theme of Glitch through the work of 14 artists.The artists included are: Alyson Minkley, Anwyl Cooper-Willis, Chris Mitchard, Debbie Lee, Francis Willoughby, Genevieve Sioka, James Lawton, Jay Ryan, Leonie Bradley, Lisa Lindqvist, Lucy Ward, Neil Milton, Paul Raymond and Susan Ridge. The exhibition investigates algorithms, cyber culture, personal identity, distorted truths, evolution, the myth of perfection and human connection. It explores this through multi-disciplinary approaches: video, animation, sound, poetry, sculpture, photography, printmaking, drawing, digital art, painting and installation. Pictured here is a detail of my drawing titled Glitch, charcoal on paper, 70x70cm.
I am honoured to announce that I am one of the four artists invited by Robbie Bushe RSA to exhibit at the Royal Scottish Academy 196th Annual Exhibition alongside Royal Scottish Academicians and art selected through the open exhibition.
I will be exhibiting my triptych Let Loose in the Galleries. There is a dark circus of events taking place in this triptych, but no-one is paying much attention to the children who have been let loose in the gallery. The adults are either looking at the pictures on the wall or at their mobile phones. The wallpaper is a poisonous arsenic-green, arabesquing throughout the scene.
Let Loose in the Galleries oil on canvas 120x300cm
I also have two works included in the online exhibition. They are Standing Lamp, oil on canvas 152x102cm and Little Struggles, animated drawings.
Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 23 April-12 June
No Woman is an Island is a collection of works by seven award-winning women artists: Cath Bloomfield, Phoebe Cummings, Nicky Knowles RWA, Debbie Lee, Rebecca Newnham FRSS, Sarah Purvey and Patricia Volk RWA FRSS curated by Jacquiline Creswell.
The diverse works on show explore what it means to be a creative woman in the 21st century and the many challenges and opportunities these multi-faceted and committed women face. The exhibition sets out to discover their world and life experiences.
I will be exhibiting my triptych the Grotesque Dance alongside prints and drawings. This work was made in a response to chaotic events happening in the world around me. It was inspired by Goya’s dark etchings the Disparates.
15 April – 30 June
The Vanner Gallery, Salisbury
My painting Standing On The Same Spot was selected for the Royal Watercolour Society Open exhibition. This is a group exhibition of contemporary watercolour. The exhibition is at Bankside Gallery London from 4th March-20th March. This painting was made from leftover paint on scrap paper. The image is made from a memory of standing in a room in Paris. It begs the question ‘what remains at the end of the day?’ You can view all the work in the Royal Waterclour Society Open at Bankside Gallery online.