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New Artist Audrey Bowling arrived into Wonky Wheel - July 2020

Updated: Apr 17, 2021

Audrey Bowling is a mixed-media artist working with an emphasis on collage.

Audrey’s works are textural and abstract. As an avid traveller, she photographs landscapes and other phenomena to inform her work. The shapes and colours of these provide inspiration, alongside the materials and found objects she uses. She is fascinated by found objects, especially those lying in the street - rusty washers, keys, bits of wire, etc. She loves the way the metal objects are scratched and rusted and discarded by society. She uses them in her work to give balance and texture, whilst giving them a life beyond their original purpose.

Working intuitively, Audrey ‘sculpts’ the base for her work, adding other materials and colours to achieve the desired effect. The end result is akin to having a sculpture on your wall.

We are super excited to have Audrey's work in the Gallery and more artwork to come in during Autumn and Winter.

Materials: oils and embossing powders on paper

I work intuitively and seeing coloured papers laid out before me, I rely on memory and instinct to pull together the artwork. These papers when coloured and placed together reminded me of magma and that boiling red heat under the surface of our planet, so obvious on trips to Iceland. The surface is uneven layers of paper forming a rough and irregular base akin to the cracks and fissures formed from hot underground magma escaping upward and pushing the earth’s crust aside and leaving its scar on the landscape.

Materials: inks on watercolour and handmade paper sewn together and beads added

Tir Na Nóg means "Land of the Young/Youth" In Irish mythology and folklore it is one of the names for the Celtic Otherworld. Tír na nóg is best known from the tale of Oisín and Niamh. In the tale, Oisín (a human hero) and Niamh (a woman of the Otherworld) fall in love. She brings him to Tír na nóg on a magical horse that can travel over water. After spending what seems to be three years there, Oisín becomes homesick and wants to return to Ireland. When he does he finds 300 years have passed and he ages rapidly and dies.

The way to Tir Na Nóg incorporates a multitude of different media. There is an old torn collagraph on handmade paper, drawing and acrylic inks on manipulated paper sewn together and beads sewn on like a pot of treasure hidden away at the end of a path in the mossy hills. Working intuitively with the papers in front of me, it reminded me of the look and feel of some of the hills on a trip to Ireland; the green grass and mossy hills bright in the sunshine after the rain. This led to thoughts of the fairy people and the myths and legends that surround you in that countryside. Whilst often my collaged pieces are glued together, this seemed more appropriate to be sewn, with the running stitch creating a path weaving along the hills towards the treasure

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