Another set of Russian dolls, a long time in the making.
From largest to smallest they are: Henry VIII, Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell, Cardinal Wolsey and the head of Anne Boleyn.
I have been invited to show a piece of work in the Triforium exhibition at Temple Church in October 2016. The exhibition celebrates 25 years of the Discerning Eye exhibition with work by previous major prize winners. The exhibition will open to the public from Tuesday 4th October and run until Sunday 16th October 2016. The venue will be the very special Triforium space at the historic Temple Church in central London. http://www.templechurch.com/
On holiday in Corfu , Dave spotted a couple of insect shells attached to a wall and gave them to me.
They are the exoskeletons of cicada nymphs which emerge from the earth after 17 years to hatch into winged cicadas, live briefly and die.
The owner of our villa called them ‘dresses’, and the cleaner told me that the cicadas take these dresses off when they get too hot.
With a forthcoming exhibition already titled ‘Carapace’ in which dresses will be a recurring image, I knew that I would be drawing the cicada moults. I also thought that if I could find enough of them, I could make a string of lights which would show off their translucency. I found just over 100.
Once home, I bought some very fine LED lights on copper wire and, using the slit on the back of the shell from which the adult had emerged, fed the lights into the shed skins. They were glued in place and lacquered, and some six, very sticky hours later the string of lights was finished.
The title, ‘Like gold to airy thinness beat’ was suggested by a friend and is taken from the John Donne poem ‘A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning’;
This last week I have heard that I have been offered two solo shows next year.
The first, Carapace, will be at the Art Shop, Abergavenny early in the year.
Carapace, 83 x 63, acrylic on board
The second show will be at MoMA, Wales, where the installation “Flock” will be shown in the Owen Owen gallery from 2nd December 2017 for 8 weeks until 10th February 2018. I shall be spending some time making more pieces in order to do the huge space justice.
Detail of Flock when it was at the Art Shop and Chapel, Abergavenny.
1. Wrapping my friend in clingfilm. She was remarkably calm despite the wrap getting near to her eyes and mouth.
One hand was made mitten-like, the other was wrapped in very thin tape so we could make separate fingers.
All body parts finished. They’ll be taped together in position once I’ve decided on the stance of the figure. I intend this figure to be one a a few that hang from the ceiling of the Chapel at next year’s show of puppet-inspired work. I will be looking into the possibility of lighting them from within with LED lights and of creating elongated, and hybrid casts too.
I’ve been busy trying to make a new website. If it works for me I’ll be transferring it to the proper .com address at some point. The plan is that I’ll be able to keep it more up-to-date and can try pages out before committing to them. It’s another WordPress site, here’s the current link: http://philipparobbins.com/wp/