Exhibition: Field, Farm and Far Away, Ferrers Gallery, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, September 2 – November 5 2011
© Ian MacCulloch
The Ferrers already has an eye on shortening days. Launching more than 40 new works by Derbyshire ceramicist Russell Wilson, their publicity for this show promises “a pleasantly saturated glow” to the gallery walls, inviting punters to sample “the outside world from the inside.”
Finding inspiration in animals and birds, Wilson simplifies their shapes into slightly surreal, charming miniatures, moulding seagulls on trawlers and owls in trees. Fellow artist Marcia Blagg went one step better and bought a small farm at the time digital photography was booming. At first intending only to document the evolution of her residents, Blagg later decided to turn each photo into a work of art by immortalising them on silver foil and other print forms.
She didn’t find it difficult, having immersed herself in the day-to-day lives of her animals. “You soon recognise individual characters among them,” she says. “There is always something new to see as time and seasons pass by, and it is my passion to capture this on camera."
Ian MacCulloch commits them to digital form, resulting in earthy, fantasy-like portrayals of giant rabbits and trails blazing through forests towards beaming eclipses on the horizon. He describes etching as his “primary vehicle of expression”, combining traditional techniques with technological enhancements of the countryside's “mystique and beauty”.
- Open Tuesday-Sunday 11am-5pm. Admission free.