In a joint exhibition, Derbyshire-based artist Sue Lewis-blake and Ursula BlanckeDau from Lüneburg, Germany, explore the notion of the circle: its outline shape, central space and symbolic meaning.
Many of the works are inspired by ancient stone circles – there being sites close to both of the artists’ homes. Sue and Ursula began to collaborate some ten years ago following a cultural exchange and this will be their fourth joint exhibition.ursula explores the ‘Circles’ theme in expressive canvases, photographic work and videos, whereas Sue’s formally composed paintings, underpinned by drawing, present a different response but one that creates a dialogue when the works of the two artists are seen together. One of their joint activities involved binding together the separate stones of stone circles (Nine Ladies and Doll Tor on Stanton Moor and the Oldendorfer Totenstatt in Germany), with hazard warning tape then sketching and video-recording the process.
Sue Lewis-blake says: ‘Ralph Waldo Emerson called conversation “a game of circles”. Our joint exhibition highlights a fruitful, creative discussion that has fostered new departures for both of us.’ On show from 12th January to 23rd March.
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‘Dial Winter’ by Sue Lewis-blake