Phantasmagoria – Anthea Walsh (textiles) and Michelle Mary Dawson (glass artist). Corinium Museum in Cirencester
I stumbled across this mini exhibition today at the Corinium Museum in Cirencester where I had visited to see some recently installed work by Carol Waller as part of the Stroud International Textiles exhibitions. I felt it was particularly relevant to the Research point asked of us for the Personal Project that I am currently working on. These two artists have used different formats to display their work. I also found it really interesting to observe my own interest in their conceptual ideas and fascinated by subjects that I would normally shy away from. I have noticed as a direct result of the course work that I am moving more in a 3D direction and far less concerned with producing “pleasing and nice “artwork. It’s not that I wish to shock or offend with my ideas in the future but I am becoming more interested in working conceptually. I find these kinds of artists very interesting and aspire to be like them.
I have included these images as examples of display formats rather than textiles.
“Phantasmagoria’ is a mixed media exhibition that showcases new work by textile artist Anthea Walsh and glass artist Michelle Mary Dawson. Mirrors are seen as objects and metaphors, a way to examine layers, reflections and shadows, sometimes with uncanny results. The artists explore new territory, presenting a crossover of ideas, unexpected materials and techniques. ‘Phantasmagoria’ is an exhibition incorporating both functional design objects for interiors and original works of art. All work is available for purchase.” ( (Ref http://www.culture24.org.uk)
The most striking piece for me was Psychopomp Hanging. Very difficult to photograph being black but consisted of black wax and yarn and crows wings.