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Weekend Showcase: Deborah Sheehy (Artist)

1 Nov

Spotlight

Every Friday, 1 artist/poet/writer, letting 1 piece of their work speak for itself.

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Featuring

Deborah Sheehy

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The Honeybee and the Hare  Deborah Sheehy photo mini

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Artist’s Biography: 

In the times in between life and a day job Deborah is an artist, writer and occasional photographer. Scottish by birth, she currently resides in the hills, paths, and narrow streets of a South Wales valley. Home is shared with her Irish husband – a maker of marvellous meals – and a hound called Henry whose days are spent in a happy amble of walks, sleeps and rubs. 


Inspiration comes primarily in the form of nature, especially the wild and deserted places and the creatures who reside there, as well as the stories, myths and happenings of times gone by.

http://www.thehoneybeeandthehare.com/

https://twitter.com/honeybeeandhare

 

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Do get in touch via the Comment box or @ArtiPeep if you would like to be showcased. You’d be more than welcome!

 

Beauty, Deformation and Monsters # 5 The Halloween Edition

31 Oct

Pumpkin

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Lydia Allison our ‘Writer In Residence’ for the month of October.

..and a new Halloween Monster !

‘I often just write what I feel. I have a real interest in physicality/beauty/deformity as I think image impacts on everyone.  I’m particularly interested in how people see themselves and how that influences their appearance or physicality subconsciously/metaphorically in terms of their feeling or actively by self harm/eating disorders. And I’m interested in perceptions of beauty and body dysmorphia’.

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Happy Halloween Everyone!

And to celebrate we’re not only offering you Lydia’s final poem focusing on deformation, specially written to pull the project together but also a new monster formed out of all the  poem illustrations by the artists involved in this project who have been inspired by Lydia’s poems.  You probably  haven’t seen anything like it before! This has been created by Sara Mena (you can see the image she contributed last week here).

The talented artists collaborating in Lydia’s project alongside Sara have been Gary Caldwell (whose art work went out in our first post here) and Amanda Santos (whose art work went out a fortnight ago here) and Diana Probst (whose art work you can see here).

We hope you’ve enjoyed the juxtaposition of words and images over the weeks, and a big thank you to Lydia for providing the artists with such a rich source of imagery and themes. We’ve enjoyed having you and your poetry with us. I really hope the connection will continue. And another BIG thank you to Gary, Amanda, Diana and Sara for their terrific artwork, which you can see collectively transformed below.

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Our Collaborative Poem Monster

Claws

by Lydia Allison

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Claws 2

Please click on the poem image to enlarge if you need to 

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Writer’s Biography

‘I’ve been writing for a couple of years and am currently in my final year of my BA in Creative Writing. Two years ago I thought it would be a miracle for me to string lines into poetry, but quickly fell in love with it and proved myself wrong. My real passion lies between the border of poetry and prose.’

lydiaallison.wordpress.com

https://twitter.com/LydiaAllison13

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As always, your responses to either Lydia’s poetry or the art that has been created would be very much welcomed!!

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Happy Halloween from the other monster too!

grand_monster_complete sara

Beauty, Deformation and Monsters # 4

24 Oct

Deformity

 Lydia Allison our ‘Writer In Residence’ for the month of October.

..and the ever-changing Halloween Monster !

‘I often just write what I feel. I have a real interest in physicality/beauty/deformity as I think image impacts on everyone.  I’m particularly interested in how people see themselves and how that influences their appearance or physicality subconsciously/metaphorically in terms of their feeling or actively by self harm/eating disorders. And I’m interested in perceptions of beauty and body dysmorphia’.

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Here’s the fourth of five poems on deformation by Lydia Allison illustrated this week by artist Sara Mena.  You’ll also find the third instalment of our ever-morphing, dastardly collaborative monster. This drawing is being collectively produced and passed from artist-to artist week-by-week- all contributing to one image.

The artists collaborating in Lydia’s project alongside Sara have been Gary Caldwell (whose art work went out in our first post here) and Amanda Santos (whose art work went out a fornight ago here) and Diana Probst (whose art work you can see here

So….each week you’ve been presented with a new poem and two new images/artworks (one illustration & one growing monster) today is the final poem and monster completion before the grande reveal next week of a new poem by Lydia especially written for the culmination of this project and the final collaborative version of the monster in situ for Halloween on the 31st.

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Claws by Sara Mena

Please do click on the image to enlarge-it’s worth it

scars

by Lydia Allison 

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like lapped scum from waves
fish scales the shape of nails biting flesh
soft grey of freed blood
fractured vein
lightless shadow under skin

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weight of sleep and sheets
a mercury circle of brine slides from one eye
to the other eye

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swollen face of a stranger
empty body full of colour

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raised lines like child’s writing
fake letters link
breaths wait to stagger pain

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the legs
the chest
body set
hollow nest

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still and patient
not to find anything

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The Monster:

... with legs…or are they….here are Sara’s additions:

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 He’s amphibian….who’d of thought…

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Writer’s Biography

‘I’ve been writing for a couple of years and am currently in my final year of my BA in Creative Writing. Two years ago I thought it would be a miracle for me to string lines into poetry, but quickly fell in love with it and proved myself wrong. My real passion lies between the border of poetry and prose.’

lydiaallison.wordpress.com

https://twitter.com/LydiaAllison13

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Artist’s Biography:

 “HI I’m Sara Mena, i’m a freelance illustrator and 2D artist and very positive with life and with the things I love. I was born in 1985 and although I have a BA in Graphic Design I was always drawn to the visual arts and illustration and decided to go that way. I like to work in paper and digital, usually mixing those two. I’m passionate with expression and emotion in paintings and drawings and I like merging media to find new ways of expression and to convey responses. At present time, I’m doing figurative work, science art and also art for videogames. Sometimes I work in some art exhibitions. I’m glad to be able to work with such different areas, they make me use different techniques and make me think in particular ways, that helps me grow and expand my art.

http://saramena.com/

https://twitter.com/_saramena

You can find more of Sara’s art in a previous feature on ArtiPeeps, Interactions and Intersections’.

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The monster is sticking with Sara until next week so she can put him into a context for the big reveal…Be very,very  afraid…or not…

Lydia’s final poem especially written for the culmination of our project will be out on ArtiPeeps next week for Halloween –Thursday 31st October.  

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As always, your responses to either Lydia’s poetry or the art that has been created would be very much welcomed!!

FreeSpace #3 Nat Hall and Lili Morgan: On the theme of ‘Music’

21 Oct

Here’s the last  ‘FreeSpace’ Collaborations put together by poet Nat Hall and artist Lili Morgan inspired by the theme of  ‘Music’.  This time Lili was inspired to create by Pavarotti and his classic version of Nessun Dorma  (See here) .  Lili passed her work onto Nat who produced the poem below in response. 

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Music Collab 2

 

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none shall sleep

by Nat Hall

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below the drapes of green & gold,
below the thirsty Hunter’s moon,
………..below the stars’ dancing eyelids;

above the turmoil of each tide,
above that thin layer of mist,
………..above the edge of your canvas –

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in between my eyes & your shore,
in between now and Aquilla,
………..in between sheets of the north wind,
………………………………………………………..we shall not sleep

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below blotched dots of question marks,
above my doubt-rocking silence,
………………….in between words we never said

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en-dessous des feuilles d’érable,
en-dessus des giffles du sel,
…………………entre les dentelles du désir,

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………………………………………………nous ne nous endormirons pas
………mais dans la chaleur de septembre,
dans l’azur de ton crépuscule,
regarde-moi le coeur en face et
dis-moi qu’on y fait
son lit.

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© Nat Hall 2013

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You can find out more about Nat and her work here:

http://nordicblackbird.weebly.com/index.html

or follow Nat on Twitter here:

https://twitter.com/nordicblackbird

You can follow Lili  on Twitter here:

https://twitter.com/LiliMorganArt

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Beauty, Deformation and Monsters # 3

16 Oct

Deformity

 Lydia Allison our ‘Writer In Residence’ for the month of October.

..and the ever-changing Halloween Monster!

‘I often just write what I feel. I have a real interest in physicality/beauty/deformity as I think image impacts on everyone.  I’m particularly interested in how people see themselves and how that influences their appearance or physicality subconsciously/metaphorically in terms of their feeling or actively by self harm/eating disorders. And I’m interested in perceptions of beauty and body dysmorphia’.

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Here’s the third of five poems on deformation by Lydia Allison illustrated this week by artist Diana Probst (See her biography below). You’ll also find the third instalment of our ever-morphing, dastardly collaborative monster. This drawing is being collectively produced and passed from artist-to artist week-by-week- all contributing to one image.

The artists collaborating in Lydia’s project alongside Diana are Gary Caldwell (whose art work went out in our first post here) and Amanda Santos (whose art work went out last week here) and Sara Mena (whose art work is still to come).

So….each week you’ll be presented with a new poem and two new images/artworks (one illustration & one growing monster). You’ll be introduced to each artist as we go along too.

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Cauliflower Heart

Please do click on the image to enlarge

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Cauliflower Heart

by Lydia Allison

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You see them, don’t you?
These little scars just below
where my bra sits?
In the right light they shine like new
You noticed my fingers
blackened at the tips
nails hard
feeling gone

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I know, I’m trying not to slouch, but
can’t you see the ropes?
Woven thick
and reaching
down?
All these tendons from tired knee
to toe are old rubber bands
I can’t reach any more
stretch…….. leap……fall
best foot worn

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these stitches run like ladders pulling holes
but not everyone can see like you
they see: red wine purple teeth
cheshire cat grin
but not the split fruit skin,
and under it all
the hard tissue grows.

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Writer’s Biography

‘I’ve been writing for a couple of years and am currently in my final year of my BA in Creative Writing. Two years ago I thought it would be a miracle for me to string lines into poetry, but quickly fell in love with it and proved myself wrong. My real passion lies between the border of poetry and prose.’

lydiaallison.wordpress.com

https://twitter.com/LydiaAllison13

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Artist’s Biography:

 Diana is a young artist in Cambridge, who is continually surprised that people will pay her to do what she loves.  She likes beer and being paid on time.  She has illustrated two books and a lot of bits of paper.  She wants to paint portraits, takes commissions, and drinks tea like it is water.

http://dianaprobst.com/

https://twitter.com/DianaProbst

You can find more of Diana’s art in a previous feature on ArtiPeeps, Ask An Artist.

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The Monster:

with Diana’s additions

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The monster was passed to Sara Mena today. She’s fiddling with his appendages as we speak….

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Lydia’s next poem will be out on ArtiPeeps next week-Thursday 24th October.  You can also check-in then and  see what stage our cheery monster is at too!  

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As always, your responses to either Lydia’s poetry or the art that has been created would be very much welcomed!!

Beauty, Deformation and Monsters # 2

10 Oct

Deformity

 Lydia Allison our ‘Writer In Residence’ for the month of October.

..and the ever-changing Halloween Monster!

‘I often just write what I feel. I have a real interest in physicality/beauty/deformity as I think image impacts on everyone.  I’m particularly interested in how people see themselves and how that influences their appearance or physicality subconsciously/metaphorically in terms of their feeling or actively by self harm/eating disorders. And I’m interested in perceptions of beauty and body dysmorphia’.

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Here’s the second of five poems on deformation by Lydia Allison illustrated by emerging Artist Amanda Santos (See her biography below), and the second instalment of our ever-morphing, dastardly collaborative monster. This drawing is being  collaboratively produced and passed from artist-to artist week-by-week all contributing to one image.

The artists collaborating in Lydia’s project alongside Amanda are Gary Caldwell (whose work went out in our first post here) and Diana Probst and Sara Mena (whose work is to come). So….each week you’ll be presented with a new poem and two new images/artworks (one illustration & one growing monster) and you’ll also be introduced to each artist.

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Blood Gold by Amanda Santos

Please do click on the image to enlarge

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Blood Gold

by Lydia Allison

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it drags the veins as it flushes and trudges
heavy and sludgy, it reminds you
of energy and time and waste

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it weighs
and stretches the fibres
the skin
until she is numb
and unable to see
the leaves that shimmered
now gather around the rich tree root trunk of her heart
like cholesterol snagging in corners
and shutting valves like doors.

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the key
a bright speck that navigates the brain
or abides in the green retina of the left eye
he noticed once

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and hurts? can you not know?

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it hurts
it makes her shine
and now it pools
a small dam low
in her chest

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it pools
small sac by sac
so when she breathes
it’s cold and half dead
and tastes
like blood

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Writer’s Biography

‘I’ve been writing for a couple of years and am currently in my final year of my BA in Creative Writing. Two years ago I thought it would be a miracle for me to string lines into poetry, but quickly fell in love with it and proved myself wrong. My real passion lies between the border of poetry and prose.’

lydiaallison.wordpress.com

https://twitter.com/LydiaAllison13

Artist’s Biography:

 “Hi, my name is Amanda Santos. I’m a junior in High School, and I only really got involved in art a year ago in my Art I class. Since then I have tried to learn everything that I possibly can about every type of art that I could find. I am still trying to find a style and a voice in the artistic world, but I’m on my way.”

https://twitter.com/AmandaS5454

You can find more of Amanda’s art in a previous collaboration on ArtiPeeps, Interactions and Intersections.

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The Monster .

with Amanda’s additions

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Amanda's monster (2)

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The monster was passed to Diana Probst today. She’s shaping the monster as we speak….

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Lydia’s next poem will be out on ArtiPeeps next week-Wednesday 16th October.  You can also check-in then and  see what stage our cheery monster is at too!  

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As always, your responses to either Lydia’s poetry or the art that has been created would be very much welcomed!!

‘Neon Power’: The Journals of Lili Morgan #11 (Emerging Abstract Neon Artist)

3 Oct

Revolution Green

Eight months have gone by since Lili left her Visitor Peep/Artist In Residence position but now she has returned once again for a regular monthly journal-spot until the end of 2014. As usual Lili will be taking us along with her on her painterly journey and the development of her work with ‘neons’.  

This week Lili has been visiting another artist….

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Well it’s journal time again, and it has been a little while since my last instalment. The time certainly does fly when you are having fun!

At the moment, I am doing my collaboration with the lovely poet Nat Hall. The theme for the collaboration is music. This time I have chosen the song, and I will be doing my picture first. Then Nat will put her magic pen to paper, to produce a wonderful poem. I have chosen, ‘Nessun Dorma’ by Pavarotti. It is a very powerful and highly dramatic piece of music, which I personally love. My daughter, however, disagrees and told me it was giving her a headache whilst I was listening to it recently!… Ohh the cheek! I will be finishing my picture sometime this week, as poor Nat has been waiting patiently for it! Sorry Nat I haven’t forgotten!

In my last journal, I mentioned that I was going to be visiting Margate, and that I did last weekend. I had the most fabulous time there! I went there to visit my lovely friend, Michelle, who owns @Deli-o-licious in Cliftonville. She sells the best baguettes, and hot food, in the whole of Margate!…Oh, and the best fish as well! 😉

So, on Saturday evening we decided to do a bit of sight- seeing. This consisted of watching the sea from the terrace of The Rickus bar. It was a lovely sight to see indeed, was the sea! Oh, and they just happened, by chance, to be selling cocktails there as well 😉

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I also mentioned that I was hoping to connect with other Artists during my visit to Margate, and on the Sunday whilst I was there, I was certainly not disappointed. My visit also coincided with the unveiling of the latest project by Alex Chinneck  (@Alex Chinneck), called ‘From the knees of my nose to the belly of my toes. Alex has obtained permission from Thanet District Council to use a previously empty house at 1, Godwin Road, Cliftonville for this project. He has literally transformed the front of the house to make it appear as if it has slipped down into the garden. The room at the top is exposed, and the rest curves down with the front door in the front garden. Goodness, my description is pretty rubbish, and you are certainly not going to get any idea of this brilliant installation by my words alone. Here are a couple of pictures that I took of the house.

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Picture 3 Lili

 

That is so much better now that you can actually see it! There is a bit of a story behind the second picture. In my endeavour to get a picture of the house, I went to the side of it. There was a man and a woman standing on the corner slightly blocking my shot. So, being my usual cheeky self I asked them to move. It turned out they were Councillor Iris Johnston (sorry I called you Eileen!), and Councillor Doug Clark (sorry I made you move when you have a walking stick, and you were leaning on the wall for support. I still feel bad about that!) They were both really nice and moved for me. Here is a picture of them, along with Councillor Clive Hart, who luckily, I do not need to apologise to for anything!

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Picture 4

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Well, even after I had called Iris by the wrong name, she offered to introduce me to Alex Chinneck himself! Of course I agreed, as meeting Alex was the icing on the cake, and I had not expected to get the opportunity to meet him. Well, Alex was lovely! He was very humble about the project, and took his time to have a chat with me. He even agreed for me to take a picture. Here he is in front of the house looking very dapper indeed!

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Now as I said Alex was very humble. However, I had a little sneaky little look on his website which shows the plans to this project and they are very, very detailed. If you go to www.alexchinneck.com then you can see how much hard work has gone into this project for yourself. It is also worth taking a look at his past and future projects on there as well.

So finally, if you are heading down to Margate, Cliftonville is now the place to go. You can visit 1, Godwin Road to see this amazing piece of art by Alex Chinneck, whilst munching on a baguette from @Deli-o-licious. Now that sounds like an excellent plan to me! 🙂

Bye for now,

Take care,

Lili X

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You can follow Lili and her neons on Twitter here:

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Why not also …
  •  catch up with our present ‘Writer In Residence’ for October poet  Lydia Allison and her collaborative project on notions of deformity here.
  • catch up with our last ‘Artist In Residence’ Project ‘Interactions and Intersections’ with artist Kelly Occhiuzzo, You can find out more here, here, here, here and here.
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