Monday, August 17, 2009

The Uncanny

The Uncanny was the theme for the Part-time Foundation students at Abingdon College this term. This wide ranging show, from mainly mature students, covered a variety of media including paint, photography, video, textiles and cast paper.

Janet Hewson had extended her drawing skills, via manipulation in Photoshop, to produce some wonderful images of family. Barely there, in some cases, but full of memories and evoking the essence of the family but in unfamiliar guise.
Helen Young tackled the theme of 'life imitating art', focusing on the acting family Redgrave/Richardson. Her haunting prints on fabric were based on collaged newspaper clippings. The collages looked at the way the families film/theatre roles overlapped, sometimes tragically, with their real lives.

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