Sunday, 24 May 2020

Chloe Laurence & Tom Francome, Lucy Oates, Mary Conway and Poppy Field - 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.... Chloe Laurence & Tom Francome, Lucy Oates, Mary Conway and Poppy Field. 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.

Poppy Field
"As children, my siblings and I visited patient’s in my father’s care every Sunday morning. We’d begin by dropping into the staff room so my father could be brought up to speed by the Ward Sisters. I loved to look at their ever  changing display of thank you cards from former patients. It was a real testament to the sisters' energy, efficiency and warmth. "
Poppy Field (b. 1993; London, UK) read the History of Art at the Courtauld and trained in figurative sculpture at The Florence Academy of Art. There, she was awarded the inaugural “Graduate in Residence” fourth year prize for sculpture. Since graduating in 2018, Poppy has been awarded the Tiranti Prize for best exhibit by a sculptor under 30 at The Society of Portrait Sculptors’ Annual Exhibition. Poppy works from a private studio at Warren Park Heritage and Craft Centre in East Herts. She works from the life model, under natural north light, modelling  her figures in clay and casting them in bronze.

Lucy Oates
"They are always there. We take for granted how much they are there. They fought a long tedious battle with me and won. Fixing my vision on what was important and why. They helped me to overcome my biggest fears and allowed me to move on with the tools I needed to overcome my illness, and stop wasting time! I am forever thankful."
Lucy is a multi-disciplinary artist, based in London. Her practice addresses both social and personal subject matters, creating work that responds to specific contexts, environments, and situations, focusing heavily on the human body and waste material. Lucy explores scenarios around the perceptions and preconceptions related to the body. Drawing in on her own anxieties and experiences. testing the boundaries of comfort and discomfort. Using her own body as a drawing tool to focus on 'problem areas’ which she goes on to translate through various mediums; print, sculpture and video. 
The strand of her practice involving waste material stems from her fascination of how one can manipulate these discarded materials, to have new identities, altering their aesthetic and function. This interest of waste material's qualities and functions is how she came to develop her own unique printing and joining method involving aluminium cans and plastic packaging. The images she prints are often formed from a visual abstract dairy of her journeys.  Lucy often fuses traditional techniques with modern technologies, her method of physical and digital collage acts as a starting point informing her work when creating larger paintings and prints.

Chloe Laurence and Tom Francome
Mary Conway

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