THE sheer great thing about nature and its liberating impact on the thoughts is the topic of an attractive new exhibition on present at Oxford’s North Wall arts centre.
Contemplation: Snow into Water, options the work of painter Chloe Fremantle and textile artist Cassandra Wall and appears at magnificence in patterns.
Lockdown has enforced a slowdown within the tempo of life in all its noise and complexities, giving us a novel alternative to re-engage with the voice of the pure world round us, and the transience that makes it so valuable.
Paring down and patterning creates nice power. American minimalist painters similar to Frank Stella, Robert Ryman and Agnes Martin of the 1960s have been formidable, making a stillness and sense of transcendence by way of repetition and constrained palette.
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Fremantle’s follow is rooted in figuration, within the pure essence and great thing about nature that manifests as abstraction, a dialectic of markmaking. Paring again from the element of her topic, she has created her personal hieroglyphic language of symbols and shapes that mirror the world round her.
Her interpretation of the rhythms that reoccur in nature originated with leaves and petals, seeds and pods. Focussing in on the biology of her topic, she integrated references to mobile construction – an inside, microcosmic world. Looking, she then embraced a way of topography – of contouring, incorporating the lay of the land.
Lately, her work has marked a return to figuration by way of topic, with city and rural vistas infused with an alphabet that she has developed over years in her exploration of micro to macro.
Aesthetically the interaction of all these components collectively transforms right into a elegant celebration of surprising color and type, a ‘jazz fusion’, a Memento Mori in Blue, that challenges and delights, inviting us as viewers to discover the artist’s kaleidoscope of the pure world. In Birch Copse, abstraction morphs to figuration: one reads birch bushes with the seasonal peeling of its silver pores and skin the place one other perceives a avenue café scene. Primarily as one’s eye unravels the patterns and marks inside Fremantle’s compositions, so the thoughts is free to discover and interpret.
Quilting brings to thoughts the Amish Tradition the place power is enhanced by way of simplicity. The repetition in patterning, of color and form, and the juxtapositions inform that simplicity and power.
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Wall’s quilts, every created over months, current as modern textile work floating in tray frames, unglazed. Her methodology is hand-stitched quilting, however her language is of tessellation and colourfield abstraction in direction of a state of meditation, delighting within the journey of color and form that nature presents dancing in direction of that finish. All is fantastically expressed as Snow Into Water.
Cassandra Wall has been working with textiles since childhood. All her compositions similar to Heather Hills are initiated sur le motif capturing the spirit of the panorama – the crests of purple heather-clad hills with backdrafts of golden inexperienced mosses. Initially, she creates collages in torn papers, precursors and hints of the patterns and tessellations to return. Transposing her ‘sketches’ to material, the tessellation begins and her textile work are stitched.
They’re issues of nice magnificence.
Contemplation: Snow into Water. Work by Chloe Fremantle and textile work by Cassandra Wall. Till October 10 at The North Wall, Oxford. Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. Sat 12-4pm. thenorthwalll.com