Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Lotta Barlach, Chris Holley, Clare Owen and Emily Naine - 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.... Chris Holley, Clare Owen, Emily Naine and Lotta Barlach. 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.

Lotta Barlach
"My wish is that the current crisis will lead to a circular economy in which nurses and carers will work under great and well payed conditions."
The practice of Lotta Barlach includes set and costume design, fine art and slow fashion. Unconventional choices of material, powerful colour combinations, elemental and legible communicating visual concepts characterizes the design concepts she has created for stage and screen while her fine art work often explore traces of urban life, with a focus on the moments in which the past and the presence meet.
An experimental avant-garde approach to natural materials distinguishes her approach to slow fashion. The latter includes assemblages with an apocalyptic sense. Lotta Barlach was originally educated at Wimbledon School of Art, London and is presently complementing her practice with theoretical studies of Art History at Stockholm University.

Chris Holley
"I remember with gratitude and affection, the kind and sensitive care given to my parents towards the end of their lives. From the understanding and patience of the Macmillan nurses to each hospice nurse’s regard for the individual’s dignity in facing the inevitable."
Working from memory and imagination, my paintings – abstract or figurative - tend towards lyricism and are informed by a deep and lasting connection with dance, choreography and music. Fat Bottomed Girls Must Dance is a celebration of dance and a reminder of the craziness and all-consuming joy it brings to mind and body.

Emily Naine
Clare Owen

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