13 - 28 November 21
FRI - Sun 12 - 5
The 'JONG / young' exhibition shows works by
four mid-career artists,
Robin Danely, Juliet Eccles, Vicky Hirsch, Becky Paton.
It is curated by COU COU Curator Clare Carswell.
Responding to themes in the stunning 'Young Rembrandt' exhibition held at The Ashmolean Museum in 2020, four artists review their own early work and how they have developed as artists. New works are shown alongside works made in earlier years when setting out. They are, in effect, exhibiting alongside their younger selves and in order to do so they become their own historian, after all no-one knows their story as they do !
CouCou hosted the Home Books exhibition of artists’ books, by Peta Lloyd, Annie Rapstoff, Clare Carswell, Rhiannon Evans
in May 2021.
The artists came together in early 2021 during the third Covid-19 lockdown as participants on Root-Home, a CREiA::: Creative Attentive Studio for a mindful art practice (online course) led by artists paula roush in Inês R. Amado in Lisbon. msdm.org.uk/creia
The workshops were created & piloted during the first lockdown 2020 :
“The experiential course focuses on deep listening and creative exercises which have been inspired equally by mindful art practices and relational domestic crafts. The project addresses issues of self-confinement, isolation and the need for tools that support a reflective creative practice and guide us, tuning in to the wealth of resources both spiritual and material surrounding us.”
Shared processes of engagement, immersion and development, as well as consideration of the space of confinement and the artist’s book, encouraged the four artists to find ways of developing a more embodied art practice and to make dummy books on the theme of the home, some of which are shown here.
CouCou would like to thank Inês R. Amado and paula roush of CREiA for their inspirational course and support of all the artists; art writer Hope Collinson for her insightful catalogue essay, and all the artists for their work, resourcefulness and good heart as this project came together whilst all were living through such a challenging time.
Rhiannon Evans 2021
still from a handmade artist's book
Annie Rapstoff 2021
book of a performance
Clare Carswell 2021
'The Weeks Rush By as the Hours Linger'
(7 books each made with one sheet of scrap A4 paper on the kitchen table)
Peta Lloyd 2021