Work by Su Blackwell

Folk Art and Fairy Tales

An Oriel Davies Touring Exhibition

Exhibited from 20 July – 2 September, 2007

‘Folk Art and Fairy Tales’ will in turn charm, thrill, surprise, disturb and delight. Be prepared to encounter the dark and mysterious as well as the witty, magical and humorous. 

The exhibition brings together new and recent work by ten talented artists and makers, all connected by their fascination with narrative and literature, folk art, legends and fairy stories. It features work by Julie Arkell, Su Blackwell, Samantha Bryan, Lucy Casson, Jennifer Collier, Lowri Davies, Rachael Howard, Carys Anne Hughes, Jayne Lennard, and Cathy Miles.

Exhibits range from minute sculpture to large-scale installation, and are created from an extraordinary variety of media. Many of the artists work with discarded, throwaway materials, weaving magic from the detritus of life: wire, paper, recycled toys, old books and used tins cans, bits of leather and fabric scraps, bird feathers and teabags.

The artists' skill and imagination in manipulating these materials is evident in Su Blackwell's delicate book sculptures, dresses and footwear by Jennifer Collier and Samantha Bryan's health-conscious fairies.

Some artists reference well-known tales, authors or literary characters, such as Jayne Lennard in her princess's bedstead or sculpture of Susan Sontag: others incorporate the written word, as with Cathy Miles in her witty bird reliefs, and Carys Anne Hughes in her tales from the nursery.

The quirky, charming creatures of Lucy Casson and Julie Arkell inhabit their own world of make believe, while Rachael Howard's textile hangings use image, text and object to tell - often autobiographical - stories of the everyday. The show also premiers a major new ceramics series by Lowri Davies, based on the folk tales of her great uncle.

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