18th - 27th May 2013
Featuring new wire sculpture from Rachel Ducker, glass by Helen Slater
and painting and printmaking by Nicola Jenkin
Junction Art Gallery in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, is delighted to be taking part in Oxfordshire Artweeks for the first time this May with an exhibition that will bring together the work of three exceptional local artists. From the exuberant wire sculptures of Rachel Ducker, to the delicate mixed media studies of Nicola Jenkin and Helen Slater’s quiet glass drawings, each artist’s work is an exploration of the space around us, how we perceive it and connect to it.
Rachel Ducker’s wire sculptures will be familiar to many people; their dynamic gestures or quiet, contemplative poses encompassing all human emotions. Her work is constantly evolving; the limbs of some figures metamorphose into the stark forms of branches stretching up, consumed, as if in some mythological tale. Her life-size figures will be shown alongside a variety of other pieces.
Painter and Printmaker Nicola Jenkins also imparts energy and intensity in to her work, although her mixed media studies also retain a sensitivity that is communicated through her use of colour and form. An instinctive response to the landscape, she works in a limited palette and captures the “natural rhythms of nature” in large and small-scale work.
In contrast, Helen Slater creates exquisitely detailed glass drawings which appear to float within layers of cast glass. Her images are delicate studies of trees and landscapes, given depth by layering several drawings together. In each piece a suggestion of human presence, such as a fence or a bench, invites us to place ourselves within the familiar landscape.
Each artist’s consideration of ‘personal space’ allows the viewer to engage with the work and this shared theme draws them together. This promises to be an inspiring exhibition, highlighting some of the superb artists currently working in Oxfordshire, and shown in a delightful, contemporary exhibition space.
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