Thursday, 23 February 2017

Mind and Memory Art Show Aberdeen

Recently I submitted two experimental pieces for the Mind and Memory Art Show, organised by Aberdeen Artists Society and hosted by Aberdeen Dementia Resources Centre. I'm delighted that both have been accepted!

A very broad interpretation of mind and memory could be taken, for example considering brain activity and structure in terms of figurative or abstract landscapes to dreams, hallicunation, fantasy and realism from development to degeneration.

This brief and browsing on Pinterest gave me lots of ideas and I decided to create two sculptural works. It was risky because I have just started exploring the 3D approach, but I thought "nothing ventured, nothing gained".

Mind Map is created with Dutch maps which I painted with Golden High Flow and then cut with a scalpel and punching tools. It consists of 4 different layers (incl. background) which have been pinned down on cardboard.

I submitted the following statement:
This piece is my interpretation of how our brain is structured. It's a cross section of the three brain layers. Each layer shows a different cell pattern and colour. The tracks, roads and waterways on the maps correspond with interconnections between the cells. The size is A4.

Mind Map ©Fenfolio2017

Close-up Mind Map ©Fenfolio2017
For Reminiscence I printed old handwritten letters from my family, old photos from Aberdeen and and old map onto tracing paper. These were then framed into metallic curtain grommets and pinned down on a handmade and embossed print (which didn't have enough ink), subtly rubbed with some graphite to reveal the textures.

I submitted the following statement:
Snippets of memories in the form of old (family) photos and letters are popping up from a fading grey and textured background which represents the brain activity and structure of a patient. Although some patents might have lost their long term memory, going back to the past could help their loved ones and caretakers in dealing with the disease.

Reminiscence ©Fenfolio2017

Close-up Reminiscence ©Fenfolio2017

Close-up Reminiscence ©Fenfolio2017

The exhibition will take place at Aberdeen Dementia Resources Centre in Kings Street and opens on the 8th of March, 6-9 pm. It will run until the 7th of April, Monday-Friday 10am-3pm. In this press release in one of the local papers you can read more about it.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Serene Loch Duich

Last weekend our kayak club had a trip planned to Loch Duich near Kintail, West of Scotland, a 4-hour drive from our house. It's a long way for just two days but it was worth it as we couldn't have had any better weather. High pressure, freezing, wall to wall sunshine and no wind on the Saturday. Kintail Outdoor Centre was our base for the weekend.

Map of our kayak route on Loch Duich ©Fenfolio2017

We launched our kayaks at the bridge of Dornie, just around the corner from iconic Eilean Donan castle. From the moment we arrived, most of us were more involved in taking photos of the stunning scenery in golden light than preparing all our equipment!

Eilean Donan Castle at dawn ©Fenfolio2017

Eilean Donan Castle at dawn ©Fenfolio2017

Eilean Donan Castle at dawn ©Fenfolio2017

Getting ready to launch ©Fenfolio2017

A perfect start of the day! ©Fenfolio2017
It was actually more of a photography trip on the water than a kayak trip. Well, at least for me! I had to pinch myself regularly because it was as if we were paddling in a fantasy world.

Paddling towards Eilean Donan castle ©Fenfolio2017

Dornie bridge ©Fenfolio2017

Inspecting Eilean Donan Castle from Loch Duich ©Fenfolio2017

Is this for real? ©Fenfolio2017

Loch Duich and the five sisters of Kintail ©Fenfolio2017

Splendid scenery from Loch Duich ©Fenfolio2017

Approaching Heaven ©Fenfolio2017

The tops of the 5 sisters of Kintail can been seen in the background

Synchronicity ©Fenfolio2017

Happy paddlers on Loch Duich ©Fenfolio2017

The perfect reflection ©Fenfolio2017

Pure bliss! ©Fenfolio2017

The 5 sisters of Kintail ©Fenfolio2017

Paddlers in Paradise ©Fenfolio2017

Breaking the thin layer of ice was fun and noisy! ©Fenfolio2017

Ice layer ©Fenfolio2017

On our way back again ©Fenfolio2017

View of Eilean Donan castle from other side of Loch Duich ©Fenfolio2017

Paddling underneath bridge that leads to castle ©Fenfolio2017

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Merry Christmas

Another year has flown past again. You can read a summary of what I have been up to in my latest newsletter. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continuous support. I look forward to keeping you informed about my artistic explorations and outdoor activities in 2017.

Christmas card with paper wreath ©Fenfolio2016