Innovative female artists on display
TOUCHSTONES Gallery is now hosting the work of three innovative women – artists, Jessica Rankin, Rachael Clewlow and Evangelia Spiliopoulou.
Jessica Rankin’s exhibition is called Stone/ Folding.
Appropriating methods traditionally identified with ‘feminine’ pursuits, embroidery and needlework, New York-based artist Jessica ’s work often takes the form of organdy, ‘embroidered paintings.
Having learned to sew as a child in Australia, Jessica returned to embroidery after graduating from art school in the USA.
In its nature methodical and repetitive, needlework has the capacity to let the mind wander.
Drawing on this, and combining text and image, her embroideries resemble mental maps, or ‘brainscapes’ as she often refers to them, working through recollections, impressions of places and immediate experience.
This is the first solo exhibition for Rachael Clewlow, called My Paths Are My Ideas of Imagination. Rachel has created a new series of paintings, presented in groups and focusing on a set of specific pre-defined walks in Rochdale, Newcastle and London.
Each walk represents a journey. Her ideas about exploring the world merge with her interest in exploring her own language of painting and abstraction.
She prepares by making rigorous and detailed recordings of her everyday movements. This meticulous information is transferred onto intricate drawings and painting. The use of subtle line and colour draws the viewer close to scrutinise the work, giving importance to surface, materials, detail and a high level of finish.
Originally classically trained in figurative or academic art, Evangelia Spiliopoulou has since developed a practice that seeks to expand the rules that she was taught.
For example, in her drawings she frequently imposes strict limitations or parameters that govern the development of the final imagery and employs unconventional tools that hide the evidence of her own hand in the creation of the work. For this, her latest exhibition, called Orientation: Landscape, she has turned her critical eye to painting. Inspired by the post-industrial landscape of Rochdale and the language borrowed from the tradition of painting by today’s digital technology, she has created a new body of work that aims to redefine our understanding of what a painting might be.
These exhibitions are on now until December. Call 01706 924492.
●●Jessica Rankin, one of the female artists who is now exhibiting her work at Touchstones