Felicity Truscott & Donna Fleming Hall

At the Project Gallery: 6th February – 4th March 2015
Opening reception: Friday 6th February, from 6 to 8pm

Exposure and Line   A sense of place created by mark, line and erosion reference traces of landscape and memory. From the exploration of a slow curve or a continuous line, complex sensibilities emerge.

The Artists   Initially, the landscape that inspired Felicity Truscott was the Lake District, but she broadened her investigation into contrast, tone and natural form to explore coastal areas create landscapes which are both dynamic, and meditative. Her work is instinctive, spontaneous, and often quickly executed, with a physical vigour which creates a sense of natural strength in her work. Her works seem alive not in their singularity or autonomy, but in the way that they intimately connect with natural objects and processes. Bringing her subjects out of their original contours and into her dynamic brand of ambiguous abstraction, Truscott imbues them with life. Her work challenges notions of association by bringing her subjects to the brink of figuration, occupying a liminal zone between bold materiality and fleeting surface. In Truscott’s own words, she ‘pursue[s] the enigmatic and find[s] space to allow the viewer room to continue to expand on what they see.’

In her recent Black Board series, Truscott thematises her fascination with temporality. Through rubbing, scratching and sanding the surfaces of canvas, she creates a sense of the scuffs and sedimentations of time, to achieve a kind of narrative without figuration. What she describes as ‘a tension between easily eroded chalk and the permanence of charcoal’ is given significance through her mark making, which suggests memory as a natural process of engagement and transformation, as well as the larger memory of nature itself. Her use of materials from the landscape, steeped in social as well as natural history imbues the work with the weight of historicity. Alongside numerous group exhibitions, Truscott has exhibited at recent solo exhibitions including the Blackshed Gallery, Robertsbridge, 2013 and in the Sea Blocks, Towner cafe space in 2012. The artist was also shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize, London, 2012.

The work of DONNA FLEMING HALL will be exhibited alongside the pieces by Felicity Truscott. Donna’s work is an expressive exploration of line and surface, inspired by the natural terrain of Cornwall and East Sussex. She sketches while out in the landscape and then develops her studies in the studio with oils, charcoal and graphite. Her sensitive and delicate use of line suggests the monumental scale of the landscape while her subtle manipulation of colour imbues the work with a sense of space. Her paintings offer a glow which seems to invite the viewer to participate in the sense of freedom and possibility that the artist has found in the landscape around her.

Donna Fleming Hall graduated with a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art from KIAD in Canterbury in 1994, during which she developed her form of abstraction, departing from earlier figurative work. Her university practice supported her development as a mainstream painter, combining installation with natural material and form, stages in her development as an artist which remain discernable in her work today. As well as numerous group exhibitions including First Sight Gallery, Rye Art Gallery and Rye Arts Society, solo shows include her ‘Shore Line’ show at First Sight Gallery, Old Town Hastings and she will be exhibiting her ‘Continuous Line’ show at One One Six Gallery in Tenterden, Kent in April & May this year.

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