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Saturday, 6 August 2016

commission4mission's 'Reflection' exhibition 2

Hayley Bowen and Michael Garaway are both preparing pieces exploring the theme of prayer for commission4mission's forthcoming Reflection exhibition at St Stephen Walbrook.

Hayley Bowen’s ‘Reflection – You’ll always find the light when it’s burning low’ is a drawing exploring reflection and quiet contemplation.We often remember to stop and do this only when we desperately need to.

Hayley will also show ‘The Way We Pray’, a sequence of sketched hands in prayer. These will all be graphite and Chinese white pencil on brown recycled artist-grade paper. The hands will all be different, reflecting the personal way in which individual people pray.

Michael Garaway is preparing a diptych study piece for this exhibition, based on the Lord’s Prayer presented as a reflecting response to a more dystopian text. The latter follows the same rhythm as the Lord’s Prayer but expresses a more negative worldview, perhaps rather like Ecclesiastes – toil, trouble and vanity. Thus the title of the piece is “Voice by Voice”, the negative voice on the left, the voice of prayer on the right. Michael is aiming to test the idea of contrasting “voices” in the tradition of illuminated text, modified with contemporary graphical forms treated as a mixed media study.

Clorinda Goodman will show her latest sculpture, a carving of St Cedd in portland stone. Following the exhibition, this carving will be displayed in St Cedd’s Chapel at Chelmsford Cathedral from mid-September to Epiphany.

In the finished version of this piece Clorinda has included several images among the flowing hair of St Cedd. These are a bit like a pictogram, telling the story of his life, apart from the end of his life at Lastingham. The images on the left depict Lindisfarne, the boat in which he sailed to Essex, the Chapel at Bradwell and the Synod of Whitby. On the right he has the keys of St Peter to symbolise the outcome of the Synod – i.e. following the Roman rather than Celtic/Irish church. His hair turns into waves on the left, and on the right it turns into fire for the Holy Spirit.

In addition exhibiting artists include Christopher Clack, Valerie Dean, Jonathan Evens, John Gentry, Tim Harrold, Anthony Hodgson, Janet Roberts, and Peter Webb, among others.

Reflection will be at St Stephen Walbrook (39 Walbrook, London EC4N 8BN), Tuesday 6 – Friday 16 September (Weekdays 10.00am – 4.00pm, Weds 11.00am – 3.00pm). An exhibition reception (6.30pm) and commission4mission’s AGM (5.30pm) will be held on Tuesday 6 September.


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