Wasps presents 'An Open Sketchbook' from Alison Price and Liz Myhill at Perth Creative Exchange
Exhibition Open: 9 - 30 July
Weds - Fri 9.30 – 1pm & 2pm - 4.30pm, or by appointment
Both Alison Price and Liz Myhill enjoy the common thread of being with nature, of using the processes of walking and drawing as a practice to achieve understanding. With studios at the new building, Perth Creative Exchange facilitated the opportunity for both artists to meet as new tenants, and begin to form an understanding of each other’s work, which was swiftly halted by the lockdown of March 2020. Seeking to connect with other artists, maintain practice and find ways to respond positively to the circumstances, the artists became part of a small group of six artists and a writer meeting online throughout the past ten months.
The group became a catalyst for new work. At its core the group shared the routine of a regular drawing/writing practice, working synchronously and sharing the results of endeavours in real time in a process of self-reflection, group support and critique of work. The practice has underpinned new creative development and experimentation.
Both artists also work independently in the field and studio; walking, observing, listening, recording, and responding. The boundaries they have experienced to the scale and geographical range of the work have bought the pair back to rhythms and routine; the fundamental experience of being in a landscape which can be profound even in a familiar locality.
An Open Sketchbook shows a visual journey, works in their raw state of making responding to the micro and macro, to visual, audio and tactile elements. Building upon the experiences and creative developments of the past year, the exhibition explores the diversity and common threads of work made in response to the same stimuli. The artists have worked collaboratively on the process of editing existing work and developing new pieces. The work, like a sketchbook seeking out information, is at its heart an intuitive response to nature.
Liz Myhill’s observational and responsive works span a wide range of subject matter, gathered through working directly from life. The act of walking, watching and recording numerous facets, whether fleeting or through lengthy study, facilitate a connection with and sense of place. Although often an end in themselves, these field works are also developed into paintings and printmaking.
The islands and other wild places of Scotland continue to fascinate and provide a wealth of inspiration which underpins much of Liz’s work. However, pursuit of creative development and a sense of adventure have led to a number of expeditions further afield and residencies have afforded the possibility for concentrated periods of travel in tandem with making new works. These trips continue to inform ongoing practice.
Beginning close to home with a week-long residency on the Isle of Lewis in 2008, she has since worked in India, Cuba, Central America, South America and the USA, sometimes for periods of several months. The most recent works have been inspired by time spent at some of Scotland's finest seabird colonies as well as the coastal and mountain regions of Patagonia and the wealth of wildlife to be found there.
Alison is a visual artist who grew up in Birnam and is now based in Perth. A graduate in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone, she exhibits around Scotland and has taken part in the RSA, RGI and RSW Open exhibitions.
Her work begins with a reaction to a place or a moment and is a result of initially painting or drawing in the landscape, then prompted by photographs, sketches and found objects she continues to develop work in the studio. She is interested in mark-making in order to express feeling and atmosphere and enjoys exploring new materials and techniques therefore her work is constantly evolving. Artist books are an interesting way of combining visual material in a more sculptural and tactile form.
Studying Art & Archaeology combined her curiosity for the past and what we leave behind with her artwork and this theme resurfaces in much of her work. Making work which is rooted and is “of” the place as much as it is “about” the place continues to inspire new work.
In addition to her own practice she delivers workshops in the community and has experience working with families, residents in care homes and hospitals. Enabling people to learn new skills and develop their own creativity has a positive effect on Wellbeing so it is a wonderful thing to share with others. Alison has been commissioned to take part in fundraising art trails across Dundee in recent years for two Oor Wullie Bucket Trails, and Maggies Penguin Parade.