Fisherton Mill's third exhibition of contemporary printmaking
Saturday 7th April to Saturday 19th May 2018
From deaf models to neutrinos
For the third year in succession, we are holding an exhibition of contemporary printmaking, showcasing work by nine specially selected artists from around the country. The aim is to impress visitors with just how varied printmaking is today by exhibiting work using a range of techniques and depicting a range of often unexpected subject matters.
Perhaps the most unusual subjects are those chosen by London-based printmaker Margaret Ashman, who depicts deaf models signing or dancing. These ghostly, faintly surreal, female figures seem to be meditating and emanate an uncanny sense of stillness which is almost spiritual. Similarly intriguing are Bristol artist Sarah Duncan’s prints inspired by astronomy and microscopy; they are so detailed you could be forgiven for mistaking them for old black and white scientific photographs.
The majority of the exhibitors are inspired by the natural world with landscape being an ever popular subject. However, they all treat this huge subject in very different ways: Hetty Haxworth reduces the coastal landscape to three simple ovals in her print Red Pebble, while Louise Davies depicts a mountain range using broad swathes of painterly colour to create a powerful sense of place. Other artists such as Ian MacCulloch opt for a much more detailed approach and in his etching The Lane he carefully picks out every branch of an old oak tree, while Steve Edwards relishes the complexity of the city skyline.
Admission is free.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday, 9.30am-5.30pm