The works of Cecily Sash and Ann Campbell shown in this exhibition capture the movements, postures and habits of animals. The different mediums the artists use serve to illuminate one another, bringing a roundness to the narrative of this exhibition; there is a rawness to Sash's two dimensional etchings and drawings that is set in balance with the stillness of Campbell's moulded clay menagerie of animals.
Pecking Order, Cecily Sash, Ink and Gouache, 55cm x 88cm
Born and educated in South Africa, Cecily's works explore the wildness of the animals which inhabit its harsh landscapes of unforgiving heat and dust. The works use abstract shapes and structures, alongside a sensitive attention to the forms and textures of animal bones. The overall effect is that we are confronted with images which are in part disturbing, and in part fascinating; as when watching a nature program - which refuses to spare our squeamish tendencies - Cecily's etchings and drawings depict the animals of South Africa with all their raw resilience and instinctive movements, redolent of the elements.
The Millinery Works exhibited a range of Cecily Sash's work in 2002, and again in 2009: click here to see more of her work.
Blue Bird 2, Ann Campbell, Clay
Reflecting her lifelong interest in animals, Ann's works communicate with acute observation, but without sentimentality. The sheep, birds, baboons and horses have a presence of playful solemnity and grace, that derives from her sensitivity to the form and moment she is moulding in stone. Ann's sculptural expression includes numerous portraits, some of which had the honour of being shown in the Society of Portrait Sculpture Exhibition. Her works are included in public and private collection, both here and abroad; she has exhibited internationally and twice won the John Bradler sculpture prize at the Royal West of England Academy.
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The following images are reproductions of works included in the exhibition; please feel free to contact us via email if you would like any more information on the works and / or on the artists.
Head, Ann Campbell, Clay 58cm
Resting Sheep, Ann Campbell, Clay
Standing Sheep 1, Ann Campbell, Clay