Miscellanies', is a joint exhibition at Ross Library,
taking place between 7th and 24th September, bringing
together the painter Philip Weaver and the mixed media
artist Jeanette McCulloch.
exhibition celebrates their shared enthusiasm for the
creative magic of the natural world and its strange and
fascinating patterns and rhythms. It explores the apparent
meanings and correspondencies they find in say galaxy
and seed pod and between the microscopic and the cosmic
structures both observed and imagined. Their
artistic imaginations find a poetic habitation for sensed,
dreamed but perhaps impossible realities.
McCulloch has produced a series of textile hangings that
contemplate the unique and extraordinary experience of
Being. This work is in a transitory state of becoming,
and can be seen as an eternal preliminary. Images float
in space, barely anchored, colliding and repelling. There
are references to plant forms, manuscripts and ancient
carvings. These textiles pieces combine printing and drawing
on dyed cottons.
Weaver paints small intense and jewel like paintings,
using a rich palette, that describe and celebrate moments
of splendour. There is a rare quality in these pictures
whose images, reflected on the retina are captured in
the heart. The titles are as poetic and magical as the
artists have a love of drawing and have displayed in cabinets
a satisfying library of sketchbooks dating back over the
years. Alongside these is a curious, meaningful and loved
collection of objects: honeybees, seed pods, cacti, animal
skulls, toys and other treasured fragments that retain
talismanic significance. Each object is accorded the praise
due to it, and is confident of its importance as a holder
of significance and worth and as a companion of the artists.
They stand alongside all things however seemingly insignificant.
i: Artist Philip Weaver can be seen with Sarah Imeson
from Ross, who bought Philip's oil painting, 'The Gate
can be seen with some of her fantastic textiles.
iii: The artists can be seen by combined artist display
photographs of this event are available in the Wyenot
News photograph gallery.