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.
"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. "
"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."
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