New collages at The Art Stable

THE new exhibition at The Art Stable at Gold Hill Organic Farm, Child Okeford, features recent collages by Sophie Herxheimer and new paintings by Gigi Sudbury, from 15th July to 5th August.

Sophie brings her customary energy to these collages, which fuse her precision with colour and composition with s continuing fascination with poetry, and her own writing.

The series she has made in ‘ghost collaboration’ with American poet Emily Dickinson, pictures the reclusive female poet as having a vast inner landscape, mirroring her emotional range, by using cut up duotone tourist photographs of the Alps. Herxheimer has written poems into these imaginary worlds: placing words on oversized raindrops, surreal advertising hoardings, or in sampler-like sewn on patches.

The exhibition also includes new collages without text, which relate to Fairy Tale. We see a lone female figure walking on a mountain ridge amongst stone pots and pans, while below her in the valley a chalice sits glowing with the golden elixir of life. She may never come across it. In another, the Goose Girl stands, transparent in pencil, still exchanging stories with the decapitated horse she used to ride as a princess.

These works show the strangeness of the ordinary, using playful tropes like improbable scale, words that run counter to image, anti-naturalistic colour, to subvert logic and invite the imagination into bread, daisy, street.

Gigi Sudbury’s paintings focus on the moment when we allow a synthesis of intuition and experience to take hold.  Here a bird perches close, moonlight catches a reflection, flesh becomes transparent, shadows becomes solid.  Her paintings are the start of an adventure when time ticks by without measure.

Sudbury paints mountain tops, rivers, skyscrapers, a father and angels, the moment between day and night. She uses fragments of words or letters to mark our desire to speak, but words aren’t always enough. She learnt from Piero, Chagall and DuBuffet that painted feelings are different.

Pictured: Two collages by Sophie Herxheimer