Noticing such things
Each year the county I live in, Cambridgeshire, has a month of open studios. At the weekends. local artists open their studios to the public. The scheme is very attractive: it provides a means to discover who’s around – I’m amazed at the number and variety of artists hidden away in the backstreets of Cambridge and surrounding villages – and to see their work and discuss it with the artists. I look forward to it every year.
This year may favourite visit was to the studio of Melanie Goemans, an artist I hadn’t discovered before. Her statement on her website evokes her work well:
I work in old media (oil paint, etching, aquatint) with the challenge of making work that is relevant now yet retains high levels of craftsmanship. Paring down the techniques I had been using, line has become essential to my visual language and drawing has become a vital element. In a world of geometric constructions I seek my subject matter in the spaces between the man-made. I wish to draw attention to something that generally might be overlooked; to make permanent the unpredictable natural forms that become absent through their constantly changing state.
Hers is a beautifully quiet, subtle, provincial art evoking a sense of transience and of receptiveness. It felt very English and somehow akin to poetry. I could well imagine her work accompanying the poetry of Philip Gross, for example. Or Edward Thomas.