Sunday, 4 January 2015

Shelagh Wakely, Camden Arts Centre

This was a beautiful show of an artist new to me. It was amazing that some of her work survives, as it is so fragile and ephemeral.  There is something delicate about her style. It is the antithesis of the current contemporary art, which is usually so big and bold and in your face. Prints, sculptures made from natural materials, a floor installation of spices (which must have been way ahead of its time.)

I've just had a look for images of her work, but you really need to see it in person to feel the impact. It's beautiful but not simple or graphic, so it doesn't translate to thumbnail photos on a flat screen. 

It was also a pleasure to see something at the Camden Arts Centre. I haven't been there in years, but we used to haunt it as teenagers.

This is a lovely article about the show from the curator, who had the lucky job of sorting through the artist's studio.

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