Bite Scratch Resist
Words that printmakers will recognise.
“Work in progress” sums up the development of Maria’s Smoke Drawing technique.
Inspired by a Chinese artist who used gunpowder in his work and enabled by her skill as an etcher and printmaker, where smoke plays a part in the process, Maria Pavledis has produced haunting images of nature through a most unusual medium.
An artist and printmaker who works with the dreamlike world of fairy tale and narrative, including its darker and uncanny elements, she is interested in the qualities of fragility and destruction both in nature and in printmaking. Much of Maria’s work hints at sinister histories and unsettling relationships. As a student Maria spent time working in a Romanian orphanage during a period when the atrocities of the Ceausescu regime were being uncovered. For Maria artwork was a release.
This can be seen in the development of her etchings and most recently the extension of print making practise into installation using specifically adapted overhead projectors to create moving images.
“The viewer can enter into a space of drama, becoming part of the story.”
While retaining something of the sinister Maria’s smoke pictures are generally more recognisable if unpredictable. These are unique drawings made by smoking the paper with a live flame a technique she developed from the etching process: often with a water spray at hand should it ignite. The originals are unique, one off pieces, but Maria has produced limited edition giclee prints.
An invitation you can’t refuse
Meet the artists on the opening day from 3pm for tea and biscuits.
“Maybe not what you were expecting from a couple of blokes who look like debt collectors I agree, but we can be quite sociable” suggests David Morris.
Morris, photographer, and Paul Darley, painter, are both obsessed with what they call “The Tyranny of the view”. Continually looking for a place that doesn’t exist. Always aware of the difference between what they see and what they know something could be and what they have finally made of it all. “Mostly you are disappointed, but sometimes it works. You make something significant of what you have seen.”
David and Paul decided to do a joint exhibition of photography and painting because they have covered similar ground and have similar temperaments. They both live in Cromer and have tried to capture the Cromer crab fishermen at work. Paul takes his easel on to the beach and tries to nail an image in a series of rapid brush strokes, before the moment is lost. David helped produce “The Last Hunters” a book that documents the fisherman’s tough and demanding life.
Paul is a member of the East Anglian Group of Marine Artists and his work has been exhibited in London and Switzerland. He is represented at The Fairfax Gallery Norfolk and Mandells Gallery in Norwich. David is currently working on a long term project entitled “Barlife” In 2009 he won the title Professional Photographer of the Year.
“There are tougher ways to earn your money, so we shouldn’t whinge on about it, but that isn’t going to stop us. Not that we are perpetually glum, we do break out into the occasional smile.”