Thursday 8 June 2023

Clecy exhibition 2023 - A little preview!



Clecy is a lovely village in the heart of the Suisse Normande. Down a cobbled street, above a florist's shop is the gallery Ateliers 48 - how romantic is that!

My exhibition 'Interaction' has some paintings I have shown before, and many new, expressive works.

I am interested in how I - Annabel Mednick, the artist, a woman, a person - work with my model, Blue King, who is also woman and a person; not a specific gender and certainly not a passive 'thing'. I look, and I respond to the person before me. An inner energy embodies the person, which arches across the room to create a dialogue between artist and model. (I will be playing the video Blue and I made about working together.)

Recently I have been working on the gaze between model and artist; the person within the space; the interaction between us; and how the invisible air around us is displaced as we move through it.

I am also showing three large paintings of the figure interacting in a space.  I am interested in how the viewer makes the interaction with the still image. Because the viewer has movement, it is their movement that activates the action in the art. The art is dormant in the empty room.

I wanted to make the whole space interactive; so in the center of the space, you find a chair, an easel and paper with an almost finished drawing. The viewer is invited to imagine the interaction between the absent artist and sitter.

I am showing some of the self portraits I made, instigated by touch... (I find them amusing...why shouldn't art be funny?) 

I have also included some of the sketches and paintings I made when I was working with Leo Collins, and the little video of a demonstration... interacting with the audience ... (with french subtitles of course!)




Sunday 6 November 2022

Save the Date!

        FRIDAY 16th & SATURDAY 17th DECEMBER 2022

                      at The Studio, 82 Westholme Road, IP1 4HQ









Wednesday 26 October 2022

New look for the Studio... new era for me!

 So... I had the last class with my lovely students a couple of weeks ago. Oh, it has been great watching them all develop their confidence and expression, but now it's time to part - I need to have my studio to myself to move my own work on.

I like to work thematically, often in paint, or other mixed media or charcol, but I like making little videos and also time based pieces.

For a few years now, I have been developing my "Aquarium of Dreams" project. Gathering ideas and filming pieces. It's going to be an immersive experience... and of course I will try it out in the studio.

I also hold little pop up gigs there from time to time. So, I decided to paint the studio walls black.

                                                                             It begins...

                                                                  No going back...

                                                                         TAH DAH!!!
It feels like being in a charcol drawing or an Anselm Kiefer painting.

You can see how this end will be a fab performance space, the audience will be at little tables, like a speakeasy.

This was how we set it up last time... 

I'll let you know how it all progresses.


Monday 10 January 2022

I have re-worked the Pandemic, Fates large painting...

This is it now!

 The painting had been in the cupboard all year and it niggled away in my brain..

While it was very lovely and etherial, it wasn't really what I had intended; it didn't have the emotion I wanted. 

The reworking begain... Oooo I was brutal. Though I did like some of the various experiments inbetween.

Anyway, I ended up with this at the moment.

Here are some close ups... 
Clotho the spinner (fire) detail

Thursday 9 September 2021

Here is work I have been doing this year.

 I have still been working on the gaze between model and artist. 

Also, how the invisable space around us is displaced as we move through it.

                                           Talking Head, oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm

                                             Looking At You Looking At Me, oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm

                                                    Grey Dress, oil on canvas 50 x 100 cm

                                           Black Space Moving, oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm

                                                  Space Moving, oil on canvas, 50 x 100cm

                                           White Space Moving, oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm

                                          Red Socks, oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm

                                                        Something Unknown Encroaches, oil on canvas, 40 x 120 cm

                                        Alice Through The Lap Top, oil on canvas, 40 x 70 cm

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