Thursday, 28 May 2020

Carole Loeffler, Ann Froggatt, Amna Walayat and Constanza Sofia Miranda - 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....Carole Loeffler, Ann Froggatt, Amna Walayat and Constanza Sofia Miranda. 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.

Carole Loeffler
"My mother was a nurse and I grew up hearing many stories about her time in the profession. I am not a nurse, in the traditional sense, but a ""carer"" and nurturer of the people around me. The lineage and role of caretaker run within me. I  get great satisfaction and enjoyment in taking care of the people in my life. It important that whatever people may face, that they feel loved, cared for, and comforted. This is central to who I  am and what I  want my art to do.
 Most recently, in this pandemic, caring for one another has become even more important than ever. I  have been cared for and helped by my family – the resilient nature of my children and my husband's sense of optimism and humor have brought me through some of my darkest hours. I  am lucky to be part of a community of artists, colleagues, friends and students who help to uplift and care for each other. In my opinion, caretaking is not one-directional, but come from (and can move towards) some of the most unexpected people and places. Humans should care for each other, we belong to each other."
Carole is a native of New Jersey and received her B.F.A. from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and her M.F.A. from University of South Florida in Tampa. Previously, she taught and directed the Foundations program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the School of Art and Design. Currently, she is the Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA and teaches Sculpture, Senior Seminar and coordinates the Foundations program.
Carole has had group and solo exhibitions in many states throughout the US. She spent over 10 years investigating the color red through a variety of abstract sculptural approaches and processes. Most recently, she has been utilizing found vintage textiles with text to examine what it means to be a woman in our culture.
Carole lives in Philadelphia with her husband, two children and dogs
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Ann Froggatt
Quote from my son when starting as a brand-new doctor – ‘always be nice to nurses, they know everything’. So now more than ever we need to be kind, be fair, care about nurses. It’s what they do for you, and at times they are the ones who get you through.
Art has been an important part of my life since my teens and throughout education, work and raising a family, sometimes waxing sometimes waning. Now art fills a much larger amount of time in my life in many ways. I can explore all the media, all the techniques and do all the experiments I want. I am loving doing this. I recognise how lucky I am, and through it I can express what is important to me, and the process of starting a new series of works enables me to delve deeper into my thoughts and feelings.

Constanza Sofia Miranda
"I´m a Chilean photographer currently living in Manchester so I'm glad to have the NHS and I´m feeling safe because I know how wonderful is the work that they are made in this crisis."
I´m a photographer and in my work, and I try to explore the relationship between the body,
intimacy, physical spaces and loneliness.

Amna Walayat 

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