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Watercolour & ink paintings were selected and exhibited online at a number of galleries & exhibitions in 2020. They are all on archival 300msg watercolour paper and available for sale here.
More writing on painting, August 2020
Paintings create rich tapestries of dark and colourful stories that aim to promote equality, Selfhood and visibility. The pandemic has been a time to re-evaluate our attitudes towards what we care for. Paintings don’t always consciously use historical references yet visual language can often squeeze through the gaps in consciousness to create meaning we didn’t know was there.
I sketched out ideas for Song of the masses as they pass on by, this painting nearly in 2019. I was thinking about overcrowding and the political push for more housing; the idea of ‘space as the final frontier’ – and often the tipping point for poverty for many, as housing is a huge issue everywhere and a very pressing local issue here in Cornwall.
Strange to finally complete the painting as we create space between us because of COVID. The thought of humanity crushing together, it seems, will be increasing an anachronism even in cities, and many countries around the world. Most of us have the luxury of some space. But if we do not? What are the psychological pressures on people who don’t have enough living space and who cannot get away from others?
You might recognise a nod to Gin Alley, Goya’s flying figures, the star trek enterprise, colourful skyscrapers and surreal buildings with ‘eye’ graffiti (from a photos of real places). This is a busy, gaudy palette of colour used to communicate the joy and distress of humanity – with dreams of escape.
Lockdown story watercolours are small (all 15x18cm) watercolour & ink works on paper. The project started during the first lockdown in March 2020. They invited everyone to share their stories and experiences for good mental health.These stories were visualised and shared and some works were included as part of the Newlyn & Exchange gallery online show, 2020.
Not enough hours in the day is an example of a small domestic watercolour selected for Distanced Domestic
Delpha is involved in other projects that inform her painting & studio practice, one of these was her performance and mental health project Theatre of the Self. Performed and documented in 2017, the book was written and designed in 2020. It was published on January 5th 2021 and the project is online with the books are for sale. Project supported by Arts Council & Cultivator funding.
Themes from the performance and publishing project were used in films made during Lockdown 2020. They echo ideas about exploring the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, suggesting that we can re-write our stories and move differently across the ‘page’ of experience in order to improve our mental well-being.
Like a Ship Righting Itself (3.39 mins) made during lockdown in June 2020, is the first film of a series of microfilms about women and mental health. Each film starts with an idiom, a domestic object and a story or text. They are then ‘acted upon’ in a local landscape. They contain metaphors of survival and suggest that we can all be ‘makers of self ‘ through narrative re-structuring.
The second film Swept Under the Carpet, (3.5 mins) made in August 2020, features a writing and performance collaboration with Dr Marianne May and again follows themes of women, mental health and story telling.
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