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Devonshire Made exhibition

16th December 2017 - 7th January 2018

Devonshire Collective will showcase 5 South East visual artists in Devonshire Made exhibition, who were selected through an open call.

The artists are:

  • Izabela Brudkiewicz
  • Nikki Davidson Bowman
  • April Yasamee
  • Paula MacArthur
  • Jane King

About the artists

April Yasamee is a London born artist, now living in St. Leonards on Sea, East Sussex. She is active in artist groups in UK and Italy, exhibiting widely. Studies include City Lit, London, sculpture courses, History of Art at University of Manchester, BA Fine Art Painting. She is a member of Blue Monkey artists network, Hastings Arts Forum, De La Warr Crit group.
She writes: “I make small scale, mixed media sculptures, using contrasting materials. I was influenced by the Italian Arte Povera movement whilst living and working in Italy as an artists Studio Assistant.
I primarily use paper, as a 3 dimensional sculptural material. I’m interested in its qualities of delicacy, instability, transparency, as a counter to traditional hard sculptural materials. Recent collages combine fragments of photographic papers, wall papers and drawings on paper. These address the fragmentary nature of personal memory.”
She will be showing the following works:
  1. Memory, 2017. Photocollage print on Hahnemulle rag paper 92 x 125cm
  2. Darling, 2017. Photocollage print on Hahnemulle rag paper 62 x 87cm
  3. George and dragon, 2017. Photocollage print on Hahnemulle rag paper 62 x 87cm


‘Create to destroy, destroy to create’ Bouke De Vries

Nikki Davidson-Bowman is a multi media artist, whose practice is often inspired by found objects and words. Creating fresh narratives; she takes discarded objects, books or texts on new journeys to bring the past into the present, developing one off installations, small editions & poetry, which evolve through cutting, collecting, cataloguing, playful experimentation, making, destroying, researching, remaking and removing. Her practice is habitually obsessive, meticulous & laborious, contradicted with chance processes and randomness, using the outcomes of making as receptacles for the unsaid and the unseen.

The works presented are from an on going project, The Absent Archive, that brings new life and purpose to some discarded and reclaimed photographs, slides and documents. The project involves research and analysis, and as time progresses, an opportunity to make work in response to the archive. The pieces provide a fragmented commentary of a lifestyle, relationships, & journeys as well as a sense of time and place. From the chaos of the archive comes order and a time to think about what the archive reveals.

She will be showing the following works:

  1. Presumptuous Views. Slide transparencies, thread and light hanging installation. Approx 210cm high x 90 cm wide x 35cm depth approx.
  2. I hope I won’t be a disappointment in the flesh. Found photograph and stitch (Framed). 45 x 45 cm
  3. Lady in Red. Collaged ephemera, threads, words and poetry, installation. The installation consists of five opened artists ‘books’ 19x13x11 cm. to install on a plinth(s) or in cabinets so size variable. Poem on wall
  4. Virgin’sVeil. Screenprint (Framed). 31 x 84 cm
  5. Lost & Found. Paper, type, voice (sound piece in box, needs to be near plug). Floor to ceiling scroll 10cm wide and stand alone sound box

Jane King Artist Statement                                                                                                   

I make small ceramic sculptures which combine opposites of form, texture and colour as metaphors for perfection versus imperfection/ control versus chaos in relation to personal identity and a contradictory sense of self.

My work explores ideas about the containment of personal and emotional mess and disorder, in a world which increasingly encourages the belief that control and perfection in all aspects of our lives is desirable and attainable.

I am interested in the contemporary tendency, aided by the tools of social media, to mask the messiness and chaos of real life through the creation of curated and constructed personal identities.

My sculptures are intended to be unsettling in their form and how they are displayed, sometimes spilling over the plinth. Small in scale (max 30cm in any dimension), they can seem to imply an obscure function and I am interested in exploring how this can be exploited to enhance their unsettling nature, with some elements appearing designed and others almost formless.

My sculptures are hand built over a number of weeks and fired to earthenware temperatures. Each one comprises carefully formed and finished sections and parts which are more loosely handled and messily finished. Soft and muted earthenware glazes, stained with oxides, are offset by harder acrylic colours.

Izabela Brudkiewicz was born on March 26th, 1985 in Radom, Poland. In 2006 she moved to UK with no language and no money. She is a performance artist and a qualified teacher, graduated with PGCE at University of Brighton in Art (Higher Education). She has a degree from University of Brighton in Art and Design.

She will be recreating GRAINS OF LIFE, 2017, a live performances that was created during two residences at the Project78 Gallery in St. Leonards in 2016 and 2017. In 2016 the public were invited to count grains of rice. During this seven-day performance, over 100,000 grains of rice were counted. This piece strongly related to Izabela being six months pregnant at the time. In February 2017, the counted rice were revisited in the light of the birth of her first child. Over seven days, by the process of gluing grains of rice one by one, one after another to the wall, she was investigating body and mental changes. This piece investigates the paradox between the strength and fragility of a body and mind.

Izabela writes: “Most of my works are live actions and happenings. I am interested in a concept of boredom, mind and body limitations, the audience connection or disconnection. My art investigates moments of what is created when happens very little close to nothing.

Under extreme conditions, I like to challenge body, mind, reality and time to evoke emotions in the viewers/ audience and myself. Often, by creating an intense atmosphere I provoke emotional reactions of the viewers in order to face my imperfections.Often my work emphasizes a sacrifice and spiritual contemplation which identify my desire to evoke the true self. Recently produced remnants of live performances have a form of mixed media paintings, created with grains of rice and glue. I am challenging pre-conceptions of what painting is or could be.”

Paula MacArthur is a painter. She trained at Loughborough College of Art & Design and The Royal Academy Schools and now works from her studio in Rye, East Sussex. Her most recent solo show was Infinitely Precious Things at VJB Arts, London. She was a prize winner at John Moores 18 – 1993, first prize winner at NPG Portrait Award – 1989 & was shortlisted for WW Solo Award in 2014.

Paula is curator at Rye Creative Centre Gallery and works with fellow painter Wendy Saunders on other curatorial projects which include PaintLounge at Sluice Biennial London 2017, Slippery and Amorphous, which toured from London to Bushwick NYC in 2016 and Disturbance in 2015.

She will be showing the following works:

  • Get whatever you need, 2017.  Oil on linen 120x120cm
  • Words can’t be that strong, 2017. Oil on linen 120x120cm
  • I know it’s dark but do not fear, 2017. Oil on linen 100x100cm
  • Get whatever you need, 2017. Oil on linen 80x50cm
  • Just how I feel, 2017. Oil on linen 80x50cm

She writes: “Over the last six years I have been developing two series of paintings which are strongly interlinked both in process and concept. I see all of these works as over-sized momento-mori. They are large scale, colour-saturated still lifes which to aim to explore the relationship between temptation and repulsion. Alongside the paintings I use screen-printing to extend the images through exploration with colour, autographic mark making and photographic imagery.

Almost invariably I discover and photograph my subjects in museums; collectors and curators before me have deemed these objects to be significant and this pre-selection loads history, value and power on top of my own personal associations. The Jewel series of paintings began as a personal celebration of love and a reflection on the fragility of the ideals we yearn for; these ideas quickly evolved to encompass universal desires and darker, sometimes deadly obsessions. The Rococo series developed out of these concerns and I continue to work on both series in tandem.”


16th December 2017
7th January 2018
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