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Artists under the influence

By West Briton  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

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FOR the fifth event in the Under The Influence series, programmed by Jesse Leroy Smith for CAST, Abigail Reynolds and Lucy Willow will discuss their forthcoming projects at Kestle Barton (near Manaccan, on the Lizard) through a series of objects, texts and artworks that have influenced their current practice.

The event tomorrow runs between 6pm and 8pm at the Passmore Edwards building in Helston's Penrose Road.

Each artist will speak for 20 minutes, followed by an informal discussion led by Jesse Leroy Smith.

Based in St Just, Abigail Reynolds exhibits nationally and internationally. Her work grows from photographic images of landscape, found in books, newspapers or other publications, from which she produces collages and assemblages that discover visual rhymes and buried meanings in the combination of two or more images.

Lucy Willow teaches at Falmouth School of Art and lives in Penzance. Her exhibition Fallen opens at Kestle Barton on April 12 and takes as its starting point two goldfinches that crashed into the glass doors of the gallery there and died. The exhibition will comprise large-scale wall drawings and a very small animation that echoes Willow's long-standing interest in the relationship between ephemerality, mourning and loss.

The trustees of CAST – the Cornubian Arts & Science Trust – have commissioned the Under The Influence events as a catalyst for future art projects and activities. The series will culminate with a special event on March 28, from 6pm to 10pm, that will bring together a number of artists working in west Cornwall.

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