Well, my second show is now underway – this time all the wonderful work from the Ma Children’s Illustration students are up at the Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge until the 5th March. Here, due to less space I decided to put less work up, and to fully concentrate on displaying my prints (collagraphs).
It an odd feeling that at this, my final show I opted to put up just a few pieces, and truth be told, my heart, which is full of fun and clutter and all things interesting, wanted to fully fill my allotted space. To cram it full of images of Pepe, and of images from my other books, as I did in my London show (no regrets there as there have been lots of interesting leads to follow up) but I wanted to give these prints a proper viewing, and so my “artist” kicked in – telling me to allow these prints to breathe – to encourage passers by to stop, to look, to pause and take in the details within my intricate prints – some of which take several days to create. And although in isolation (the top image) I feel that the display looks so sparse, when they are looked at next to the colour of it’s neighbour, the display works – the images bounce off each other.
I think what my tired brain (for I am tired after two shows and completing the Ma) is trying to say, is that often one has to carefully choose which work to show, and to match work to the space, and to not always let the heart rule one’s mind.