Birds of a Feather at the Bluecoat Display Centre
23 January – 27 February 2010
This exhibition brings together 2 artists who are based in the same studios in Bristol, Louise Gardiner’s lively illustrative embroideries and Sophie Woodrow’s curious sculptural ceramics are both created from highly imaginative worlds of creatures and characters.
A delightful show of very distinctive works by the two artists. The pieces are full of character and humour yet Woodrow’s all white ceramics are so different from Gardiner’s brightly coloured embroideries. Wildlife takes such a central role in the pieces I had assumed their studio was out in the Avon countryside but its actually a large studio complex in the city centre.
Sophie Woodrow was drawn to working with clay from an early age. Born in Bristol in 1979, she graduated in 2001 from Falmouth College of Art with a BA in studio ceramics. Since then she has refined an intricate labour-intensive technique and a highly distinctive visual language. Each piece is hand-built, involving coiling, incising and impressing to create a delicately textured surface.
After an art foundation at Manchester Metropolitan University, Louise Gardiner graduated from Goldsmith’s College, London with a Textiles BA (Hons) in 1994 and later in 2001 completed an MA in Illustration back at Manchester Met. Since her move from the North West to her current studio in Bristol Louise has been able to develop larger, more ambitious projects.
Louise Gardiner is giving a talk at the venue on 25 February, 14.30 – 15.30