Flotsam – a few reviews of my exhibition

Eternal Youth (2014) Jo Atherton

Eternal Youth (2014) Jo Atherton

I was really touched to see so many friends show up at my Private View last weekend. Two friends have been kind enough to write about the event and their impressions of my work.

At the Private View, it soon became apparent that the prevailing themes of childhood and nostalgia in my work were triggering childhood memories for many people. I felt honoured to hear those stories that people wished to share, and it was fascinating to discuss the larger implications of these small plastic toys, still present in the marine environment, years after they had been discarded.

Firstly, I would like to refer you to Marshall Coleman’s blog, where he shares a generous write up of my work. I first met Marshall a few years ago at Childwickbury Arts Fair where we were both showing our work. Marshall is a ceramic artist, working in tin glazed earthenware, and is this month’s Artist in File in the Herts Visual Arts newsletter, where you can read more about his creative journey.

The second write up of my exhibition comes from fellow flotsam artist, Jacq Ford. I first met Jacq at an Artists Fair last year where we were both showing our work incorporating marine debris. She creates mixed media collages which include flotsam in the form of twine and netting in her atmospheric coastal scenes. Her blog, Look What Jacq Made is well worth a look.

Jacq presented me with a most wonderful present – a jar of flotsam from Kefalonia in Greece! I’d initiated this exchange back in October last year, when I gave Jacq some coveted neon pink fishing line! You can see some of these strands of twine and netting in her work The World to us is a stormy sea (2013) and O’er the ocean’s haze (2013).

Look out for these Greek strands appearing in new work soon!


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