Group Exhibition : Five Women Printmakers
23 May – 7 June 2015
As part of North Devon Art Trek 2015 White Moose are exhibited Five Women Printmakers, an exhibition which brought together the dynamic work of five renowned South West printmakers - Catherine Cartwright, Merlyn Chesterman, Hilary Paynter, Anita Reynolds and Judith Westcott. An inspiring exhibition which showcased various printmaking techniques including wood engraving, collograph, etching, drypoint, wood and lino cuts.
To mark the first day of ND ArtTrek, South Molton based artist Judith Westcott was in the gallery giving a demonstration of linocut printmaking and offering visitors the opportunity to chat informally with her about her work, over a cup of tea. Judith’s work is inspired by her chosen art form of relief printmaking, “For myself, I love the reduction to essentials that printmaking demands, with its relentless simplification of form, line and colour. Whether I’m using wood, lino, card or other materials, I enjoy the basic technique of cutting blocks to produce an image”.
On Wednesday 3 June Anita Reynolds gave a talk and showing a 10 minute film about the journey to creating her stunning body of work for this exhibition. Anita’s work was inspired by walking the 630 mile South West Coast Path, over the last years. For each of the 56 days taken to complete the walk, she created an edition of 10 prints, as part of a project titled ‘Outline South West’ - some of these carborundum, monotype and drypoint prints were shown as part of the exhibition.
Finally, to close the very last day of ND ArtTrek, Catherine Cartwright - director of Double Elephant Print Workshop, Exeter, was in the gallery to talk informally about her work. Following Catherine’s artist residency with the Exeter Women’s Refuge - now closed, her work was inspired by this project and explores bird iconography around the issues of containment and freedom. As Catherine explains, “My work continues to be inspired by and engages with dialogue around domestic violence”.