GroundWork Gallery, 17 Purfleet, Kings Lynn, Norfolk
Opening with new exhibition from Saturday 19 October 2019
Review: Fragile Nature : Marion de Mello Catlin
The newest GroundWork exhibition for 2019 is Fragile Nature featuring four artists: Paca Sanchez, Elspeth Owen, Lotte Scott and Emma Howell - see below for more about the artists. Meanwhile, my impressions of the work on a short visit yesterday (18 June). I was immediately captivated by the delicate ceramics made by Elspeth Owen, of which there any many small pieces in this exhibition - egg-like, bowl-like, card-like with delicate decorations, messages, meanings, beautifully displayed on smooth surfaces. These impressed me the most. Owen is clearly a prolific worker with a lot to say. On closer inspection, the wall pieces by Paca Sanchez were also quite gripping the more I looked into their deep frames - quite graphic in their layout but very textured and delicate - fragile of course, the theme of the exhibition.
I was less drawn towards the work of Lotte Scott and Emma Howell and probably need to make another visit as there was a lot to take in and in retrospect, I feel that I didn't give them enough attention as Elspeth's work was dominant for me so I will be going back. I also didn't really give enough attention to the beautiful collection of artists books from Coracle which are arranged on a new display stand on the ground floor. As with all GroundWork exhibitions this one is free so I can go back any time. Which I will do as the overall atmosphere of this exhibition is charming, relaxed and cool, a feeling that pervades the whole building.
Fragile Nature: from control to freedomPaca Sanchez, Elspeth Owen, Lotte Scott, Emma Howell
29 June - 15 September 2019Paca Sanchez is a modernist with plants, making exquisitely controlled art from formal arrangements of leaves, seeds, flowers, stems, twigs. Nature’s riches from her southern French studio form the nucleus of this show. Alongside her are Lotte Scott’s free forms from smoke, soil, lime: solid and evaporating elements which find their own way, dripping and billowing. Elspeth Owen’s thinnest egg-shell-like ceramics in painterly shades of blue-green-violet-grey reflect and create their own subtle and radical environment. Emma Howell, experiments with sensitive washes of thin colour to create almost abstract images of landscapes and plants, aiming to form a deeper relationship with nature and culture in her recovery from grief following her father’s death
GroundWork is a new contemporary art gallery in King's Lynn in West Norfolk dedicated to environmental art. Curator Veronica Sekules was Head of Education and Research at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts for 18 years and has a wealth of contacts and experience as well as a deep knowledge of running a contemporary gallery.
In the centre of the town opposite the Custom House, and near the river Ouse, the building stands out against the backdrop of the heritage townscape of King's Lynn although it has its own heritage as a former joiner's workshop which was converted in 2015 by Hudson Architects.
Now a smartly appointed gallery, there is a cycle of three exhibitions a year with the gallery closed over the worst of the winter. As well as the temporary exhibitions, there are displays of art jewellery, postcards and books.
For the full programme details please check websites: www.groundworkgallery.com