Temporary Spaces Archive

Nordic Church and Cultural Centre: Sea Scapes – Land Shapes

1 September – 14 October 2012

Viewing: 31 August 18:00- 21:00
Contemporary artists Erica Hamilton, Sylvia Hikins & Jane Hughes, are
exhibiting together as part of the Independent Biennial and the
Liverpool Heritage Open Month. Sea Scapes – Land Shapes showcases
three individual expressions of a familiar theme, the similar yet
varied forms and colours common to the British and Nordic landscapes.

 

Hughes’ painting practice reflects a personal engagement with the
landscape. Sketches and notes made on location are used as the
grounding for acrylic paintings. The artist employs a contrast of
working methods, with the loosely painted skies hovering over severe,
formal bands of colour representative of a stripped-down land and sea.

 

The sea is a dominant, recurring theme in her work but Erica
Hamilton’s pre-occupation with the misuse & lost meaning of words
and the trivialisation of abusive words, has become an increasing
focus. Against this backdrop, Hamilton’s metaphoric use of the wave
endeavours to capture a pulse, a conversation or a consequential
word.
A great affinity with the harsh, bleak Nordic landscape is reflected
in Sylvia Hikins’ work. Drawn from extensive travel in Scandinavia
and also Iceland, including Sylvia flight over the still erupting
Eyjafjallajökull in 2010, have resulted in film, photographs and
paintings of haunting beauty. The artist mounted a solo exhibition in
The Gallery Ofeigur, Reykjavik 2011
‘The venue is a gem – a charming octagonal building with
Scandinavian flags flying outside, it is the centre for a thriving
Nordic community. We will exhibit on all three floors that include, on
the top floor, a beautiful, light-infused church with a high vaulted
ceiling and blue-painted pews! As artists inspired by the sea it seems
delightfully apt that we should exhibit in a Scandinavian Seamen’s
Church.’
Erica Hamilton
1 September – 14th October 2012

Opening times –         Sat.    11.00 – 14.00
Sun.     13.00 – 16.00
Wed.     11.00 – 15.00
Late opening    Thur.    18.00 – 21.00

Nordic Church & Cultural Centre
138 Park Lane, Liverpool
L1 8HG
enquiries tel: 0151 709 7763