25 January // Ionawr – 5 March // Mawrth 2016
Seren Stacey is a Llandysul artist who uses her observations of the natural world to create subtle interventions and site responsive works.
For Oriel Blodau Bach Stacey has created a colour chart of New Inn Village. Using walks around the village and a love of paint charts as her inspiration, the piece celebrates the small details of a place and the shifting moments of colour and beauty which you could drive past everyday and never notice. Each of the colours collected around the village has been given a name to create a comprehensive compendium of all of the colours of New Inn.
Seren Stacey has been developing her practice as an artist since graduating with a degree in textiles from Winchester School of Art. Her practice is brought together more by a certain attention to detail than any particular medium or subject matter. Works in recent years have involved film, installation and site responsive pieces but textiles and photography have often had a place in her work. Pieces with very different mediums and subjects are brought together by an interest in turning a microscope on the world and picking out the small details which make it beautiful.
The piece currently showing at Oriel Blodau Bach has its roots in earlier projects which explore ideas of place. Stacey has used the setting of the gallery itself as inspiration and used the unassuming village of New Inn where it is situated as her palate, creating a colour chart using photographs from various walks through the village.
Stacey picks out details from the photographs she takes and colours and textures are used to bring out aspects of the scenery and given names inspired by paint charts. The piece uses this lighthearted platform to investigate our relationship with the world around us. This seems particularly pertinent in New Inn which is a village arranged around a big through road. Drivers can pass through it everyday on their commute without noticing which village they are in or taking away the smallest detail which might be recalled later.
Stacey captures and magnifies those details that are lost to so many and this forms the basis for an inspection of our relationship with the landscapes around us. Even the places we walk through everyday can be whitewashed by familiarity and the work explores what happens when we turn our attention to the small scenes and accidental arrangements around us. In the piece the landscape is transformed and the viewer is offered a different viewpoint on the everyday. Tractor tyres and net curtains are abstracted and become new forms – patchwork pieces in the collage of a place – words in a lexicon that can be arranged in to a million different ideas and phrases.
Perhaps the piece, like the village, is about stories. The names on the images are a demonstration of how even in a scrap of colour or the pattern of moss on a wall we find compositions, narratives and histories. The world around us interacts not only with the senses but with the imagination and the viewer is offered a glimpse of all the stories and tales, real or imagined, that can be discovered in it.
The exhibition continues until 5 March.