Simone Webb's work demonstrates a delicate melancholy organic time. Flora and fauna bloom and decay in painterly gestures, arrangements of petals float seamlessly in placid space. A desire for a fluid discourse between solid and gaseous forms manifest in flowers dissected with a blurring of focus. Insect and plant relations play out a perceived cycle of orchestrated pollination, horticultural worship by synchronised anthropods lay in a creeping mandala.
Limited edition prints and originals juxtapose the beautiful with the morbid, offering euphoric moments emerging from stark backgrounds graced with fragile flowers to instances of despondency, often dark in appearance, yet remaining equitably as elegant.
Tenses are enhanced by the unification of traditional and contemporary methods in which the final outcomes are formed. Whilst we often only get to view a fleeting moment of nature, she aims to create something of more permanence that can be observed at any given time. Fusing the past, present, and the ambiguous future of these together highlights the beauty alongside the mundanity that occurs throughout their natural life circle.
British, b. 1964, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom
A’Court’s practice explores the notion of the visual sublime working within painting, collage and drawing, she employs re-imagined landscapes as a trigger for encounter or contemplation.
Classical landscape references are reinterpreted in a new context, rendered in graphite on a variety of surfaces. The form, composition and materiality are meticulously constructed to summon a state of mind rather than a specific location.
Central to the work is an exploration of the human desire for solace in “numinous” experience within a reductionist secular context.
The tension between the precision drawing and the loosely painted ground references different models of art history and alludes to contrasting types of mental attention competing for the same psychological space.
A’Court invites curiosity of ones own mental states. Her own interest has been informed by the ideas of pre-eminent psychiatrist Ian McGilchrist’s in his book “ the Master and His Emissary-the Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World”, presenting his research on the hemisphere differences and the different perspectives they have in constructing our current experience and impact on our society.
(b.1987 London) Appleby's drawings amplify each environment's simplicity and purity with an aim of clarification. These clean minimal spaces offer little information yet have an authority to describe a magnitude. The non-narrative architectural spaces make enquiries of the memory, knowledge and experience of human space. Appleby has exhibited at the Royal Academy, London; The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol; Jerwood Visual Arts, London; Griffin Gallery, London and The Mall Galleries, London to name a few. Appleby is the recipient of the Chateau de Blavou Residancy in association with Forum des Arts, Normandy, July 2013; Meantime Residency in association with The Open West, March 2012; The Arts Club Prize for Finest Drawing, National Open Art Competition Chichester, October 2010; Royal Society of British Artists residency award at The British School at Rome July 2010 and The Haworth Trust Award for Painting 2009. Appleby received her BA Hons Fine Art Painting from City & Guilds London Art School in 2009.