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PETRINA WRIGHT “DROUGHT GARDEN”
01.10.16 – 04.12.16
CCA Andratx cordially invites you to the opening of the exhibition on Saturday October, 1st at 12h at CCA ESPAI.
CCA Andratx is pleased to present the new exhibition by the resident artist on Mallorca Petrina Wright at the CCA Espai. The exhibitionDrought Garden comprises paintings, prints and installation objetcs and has its origins in the Mallorcan garden at the end of the Summer Every artwork will show everyday objects in combination with nature.
In Wright’s work, the colours, shapes and forms of the sun-dried garden are reduced to pattern and rearranged to make carpets of colour. The plants, birds and objects appear simplified in a vocabulary of motifs. These groups of objects, which are normally in groups of five, are arranged in a grid, which reflects the symmetry and mathematical arrangement seen in Islamic garden design.
The initial idea came after returning to the garden after a hot, dry Summer and seeing the shapes, colours and forms of the plants and objects that remain. These were clearly visible against the red earth or the grey path. The survivors of the drought seemed more important than the abundance of greenery in the garden during the rest of the year.
The installation piece consists of some of the man made forms depicted in the paintings. These everyday objects, like the buckets and boxes, reoccurred in different places in the garden, moving around and creating flashes of colour against the green of the plants or the grey paths and brown earth. They are arranged along a drawing of the garden path, which connects the studio to the house.
In February I worked with Mary Dodd in Florida on a collaborative project based on found natural forms. As I was unable to take the seed pods with me I made photographs to remind me of the combinations.
The way I presented these seed pods was inspired by Japanese art. I realised by good chance we were near enough to visit The Morikami Japanese cultural garden in Florida. This was a real treat and I feel is the start of further work for me based on Japanese art and design in general.
I travelled on to The Cayman Islands and worked with David Bridgeman on a new project. I still collected seed pods and photographed the results..this time I added a found object, a part of a shoe, which started me thinking about adding man made objects to the collections.
When I returned to Mallorca the idea continues with the flowers, seed pods and leaves from the flowering trees in Palma , Mallorca
These collages are based on the shapes and forms of the garden patio in Mallorca. The table top, plants and shrubs, the red washing line and the black flower pot all appear here.
Im interested in the connection between the pieces sometimes just visually and in some cases the papers overlap and join the one beside it.
These mixed media paintings were made after several visits to the beach at Portals Nous Mallorca.
There is a view point from the church on the cliff above the cove and the shimmering water is a spectacular sight.
The colours of the red canoes against the turquoise sea particularly interested me. This sight, together with the channel markers and flowers hanging on to the cliff edge, were the starting points for this series.
I started to make work about Robert Graves’s garden after an inspiring visit last summer. I made some collages which were developed partly from memory and also from some sketches drawings. The ideas were put together quickly to capture the spirit of creativity I felt in this location.
In the following winter I contacted William Graves about possible ideas for an art project based on the house and garden. It was at this time the idea of using the splendid Royal Albion press in the press room of the house was suggested. I gleefully returned to the garden to make some more detailed drawings in preparation for the Lino cuts. The series of five blocks were made over the winter and two of them I decided to enter for The Summer Exhibition 2015 at The Royal Academy in London.
The Mill Stone Table and the image of Robert Graves’s house were both accepted for the first and second round of judging and happily the print of Robert Graves’s House is to be hung this summer in the exhibition where prints from the edition of 100 will be for sale.
The other prints in the series are as follows;