Monday, 11 May 2020

Beth Barlow, Misty Athena Stokes, Paul March, Sara Jayne Harris - Art of Caring 2020

Welcome to the Art of Caring 2020. Today we introduce the work of 4 artists who have contributed work to this year's exhibition.... Beth Barlow, Misty Athena Stokes, Paul March and Sara Jayne Harris. The Art of Caring is an annual inclusive international art exhibition celebrating Nurses, Midwives, Carers, and the NHS. Thank you to the School of Nursing at Kingston University for their support.

Misty Athena Stokes
"I would like to thank the Doctors and Nurses who saved my Dads life when he had heart surgery a few years ago. The love, care, fortitude and commitment shown by NHS staff before and during this pandemic astounds me. I want to say thank you so much for looking after so many people, tirelessly showing compassion even in the darkest of times."
I am a mixed media artist who works with a variety of different materials and techniques from textiles, to collage and illustration. My main influences include abstract art, cubism, surrealism and the patterns found in different cultures.

Sara Jayne Harris
"The act of caring has its source in human tenderness. I am forever grateful for the attentive benevolence nurses and caregivers have shown my family in times of need. I give my heartfelt thanks for the care shown and for the love in which it is given."
Sara Jayne Harris is a visual artist living and working in the UK. She has a special interest in figurative representations and investigates themes concerning identity, temporality, pluralism and ritual through her multi media practice. Alongside her figurative sculptural works her practice seeks to animate the inanimate and to conjure a state of presence. In this series of works entitled 'Ingredients', the produce was sourced from her allotment garden. The act of planting and cultivation yielded in this instance a bountiful crop, providing the harvester with some ingredients for a healthy life. Artistically, the crop’s organic shapes and colours provided scope for creating and documenting these anthropomorphic compositions.

Beth Barlow 
Paul March

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