Eclectic mix of local artists unite for pop-up exhibition
Four local artists, Elisa Amor, Fiona Hayward, Paula Amor, and Maia Webb Hayward, currently have their work on display at the Black Swan Arts Pop Up Shop.
The art on display will be a mix of textiles, recycled sculpture, oil paintings, watercolours, acrylics, and needlework.
The artists spoke to Your Time about themselves and what people can expect:
Your Time: Can you tell us when you first noticed you had passion for art?
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Elisa: I first noticed I had a talent for art when at Primary School, I loved drawing, especially copying characters from Disney movies, I would always get requests from friends to draw pictures for them.
Did you enjoy art at school and did you take your artistic talents to further education?
Fiona: Yes I loved art at school.
It was one of my best subjects. I can still remember my art O-level piece and my landscape style I developed of dots and dashes in pastels.
I didn't go to art school immediately but after travelling I finally got there!
Who are your favourite artists? What is it about their work that you like?
Maia: One of my favourite artists is Egon Schiele – his work is of portraiture using oils. I like the work because it is powerful and honest. He painted people who were dying during a Spanish epidemic of flu.
I also like Lorna Simpson who is a photographer. She also works in portraiture. She did a series of work on black women and their hair and the politics around this subject.
How would you describe your style?
Elisa: A combination of textiles (sewing and layering) with a recycled twist by transforming plastic bottles into objects of beauty.
Paula: My style of painting originated from Bill Alexander and made famous by American television artist Bob Ross, I then adapted the style to suit my ideas.
Fiona: My textiles are based on children's fairy tales with a contemporary comment.
Maia: I am developing my own style of painting through various mediums, such as watercolour and experimentation.
During the creative process, which comes first a story/idea or the visual or a combination of both?
Paula: When composing a painting I use a combination of both idea and visual.
What is your opinion on art in 2013?
Paula: From visiting various art trails recently, i.e. The Peacock Trail and Somerset Arts Week, I have found very talented artists using various mediums, producing wonderful work.
What do you hope people will get from the exhibition/what can people expect?
Elisa: We hope people will be interested in the comparison of artists at various ages and stages in the art world, as Maia is aged 15, so it will be great for her to see how her work is viewed.
Also hopefully they will feel inclined to hang our work in their homes and feel inspired to put needle to cotton, and paint brush to paint.
Also on offer will be demonstrations of painting and textiles/sculpture, plus at various days/times childrens textile workshops will be available for children to have a go and be creative.
What do you think about Frome and why do you think it's such a hotbed for artistic creative types?
Fiona: I have lived here since getting married last year.
I love the cobbles, choice of places to drink tea and the architecture.
Pretty gardens and old houses seem to equate nicely with artists don't they?
■ Elisa Amor will be providing drop-in textile workshops for children, (£5 per child), throughout the pop-up exhibition on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Visit www.blackswan.org.uk for further information.