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Fallen trees echo artists' interest in the transitory

By West Briton  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

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KESTLE Barton has reopened for another season with an emphasis on work that is directly related to the locale and specific to its rural site, and reflecting a growing interest in developing innovative and adventurous approaches to working with contemporary artists in a rural setting.

Lucy Willow's show Fallen will run through to June 1. Lucy has been working with images of a pair of goldfinches that crashed into the glass at the Manaccan gallery and died. After almost two years' contemplation, making a variety of responses, and finally making delicate "ghost drawings" and animations, she has decided to show a very small clip of a dying goldfinch entirely surrounded by large-scale wall drawings. During a short residency at Kestle Barton in December last year, Lucy discovered Frenchman's Creek for the first time and found the fallen trees in the low tide silt echoed her long-standing interest in transitory work and the relationship between ephemerality, mourning and loss in her practice.

On returning to the gallery space, Lucy began working directly onto the walls, making a series of gestural marks influenced by a recent trip to China. The marks were made using blocks of Chinese black ink and brushes to create loose free impressions translating the feeling of the silent fallen creek. Lucy will remake and extend these drawings during a further period of residency leading up to the public opening of her exhibition.

Kestle Barton is open from 10.30am to 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday and by appointment.

There is ample parking, light refreshments and free admission.

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