About kathryncampbelldodd

Artist living and working in west Wales

Jonathan Powell

Jonathan Powell

16 July // Gorffennaf – 24 August // Awst 2018

Jonathan Powell is a Swansea based artist who works primarily in painting and drawing. He is also a director and curator of elysium gallery, Swansea that oversees local and international exhibitions which promote emerging and established artists. elysium gallery also provides studios for 100+ artists over three venues in Swansea City Centre. Jonathan is also the founder and continues to run the Beep Painting Prize Biennial.

“Building and destruction, both the subject matter and the painting process is a major part of my painting practice.

Imagined spaces and place; painted from a starting point of not knowing where the painting is heading. Forms and mythograms that float in my imagination and present the viewer with topography of mind. The character of this topography is pervaded by a sense of dereliction. In the paintings, bitumen is used to corrupt the oil paint; the eternal purity of colour encounters the corrosive chemistry of decay. While colour in its self does not die, it nonetheless vanishes and re-appears like a spirit.

Landing 2 & 3 are paint sketches towards an untitled science fiction film in painting. These are 2 of a large number of panels that depict the landing, the corruption and destruction of an alien landscape.



Jessica Dent

Jessica Dent

4 June // Mehefin – 13 July // Gorffennaf 2018

Has anybody got a pen?


Jessica Dent graduated from Cardiff School of Art and Design in 2017and is currently based in Cardiff.

Experience; empiricism, cause behind memory, ignited and recalled through interaction with form and recognition. Objecthood, artefacts as portals to memory, connections to places and relations.

Selective, through choice of retaining so to recall such experiences, coming together, a new creation, a still life.

Creating an archaeology of identity, economically inexpensive now everlasting, in porcelain. Irony, always present, drawing attention to items in your surroundings.

The material is deliberately appropriated, an externalisation in 3D of values and familiarities, an extension of what you know.




Kathryn Campbell Dodd

20 May // Mai – 1 June // Mehefin 2018

After JF: Frippery for the Soul

This short exhibition introduces new work from the series After JF: Frippery for the Soul, an ongoing project of works on cardboard and fabrics which pay homage to the designer Josef Frank.

Josef Frank was born in Vienna in 1885 and emigrated to Sweden in 1933 to avoid Nazi persecution, later adopting Swedish citizenship. Originally trained and practicing as an architect in Vienna, Frank became the leading designer for the Stockholm design company Svenskt Tenn. He is probably best know for his bold, naturalistic and colourful textiles and furnishings.

Frank was deeply disquieted by the prevalent ideas of radical Modernism. He felt that the Modernist project had been hijacked by extremists who wanted to limit and define the movement by their own narrow terms of simplicity, purity and objectivity. In his essay Frippery for the Soul and Frippery as a Problem he argued that these utopian tenets of stern functionality simply did not respond to most people’s psychological needs.

He felt passionately that design should be driven by comfort, and that his designs might provide a sense of joyousness and exuberance against the stresses of everyday life. Although influenced by the designs of William Morris and the British Arts and Crafts movement, he also understood the inherent problems of that project as well as critiquing the homogenising tendencies of the machine-made, he said: “One can use everything that can be used” meaning that one should take from whatever is available both historically and technologically (a presciently Postmodern idea). Frank’s exuberant designs and ideas were later influential to Ingvar Kamprad who founded IKEA in 1965.

Kathryn Campbell Dodd


18 December // Rhagfyr 2017 – 26 January // Ionawr 2018

My Father’s Hankie (colour) 2017


Artist dinahvagina lives and works in Carmarthenshire and graduated in 2015 from Carmarthen School of Art with a degree in Ceramics.

“One of the things I took when our father died was a stack of his hankies, he always had one in his pocket. All worn thin. I am slowly working through the pile, reflecting on him, his life, his part in the family. Here squares from his test sheets of water colours and inks are appliqued together with my own colours and some of the stranger brushes in his collection. It speaks of his love of colour, of testing things out and his eclectic collections born of a creative combination of frugality and curiosity.”


Michelle Dawson

30 October // Hydref – 15 December // Rhagfyr 2017

Trondheim Oppslagstavle 2017 // Trondheim Noticeboard 2017

British artist Michelle Dawson is currently living in Trondheim, Norway. For her exhibition in the little gallery, Michelle has transported a noticeboard she has assembled in Trondheim to Oriel Blodau Bach, sending the contents of the exhibition by post to the UK.

“Before Oriel Blodau Bach was established, the space functioned as a notice board and after a time of disuse was repurposed into the gallery space. This work re-visits the original function of the space but connects to a different place. The posters and cards detail some of the cultural and social events taking place in Trondheim, a small city in Norway. The posters and cards are written in Bokmål, the common written form of norsk, interspersed with some english too.”


Roger Lougher

Roger Lougher

16 September // Medi – 27 October // Hydref 2017

Roger Lougher has been collaborating with artist Anne-Mie Melis and is here looking back over a recent project at g39 gallery in Cardiff.

Both Melis and Lougher are curious about how we live within our environment and the possibility of this being done in a sustainable way. We are interested in the ecological impact of contemporary society on the natural environment and how that natural environment is framed philosophically and represented in art.

As part of our practice we frequently present workshops, across all ages. We see these workshops as opportunities to research our practice and to enter into dialogue with people who are not familiar with contemporary art. Recently we have been collaborating as Creative Practitioners, finding art based solutions to delivering the school curriculum.

We saw growing chicory in a gallery as an opportunity to explore our collaboration further. The gallery became a nursery in which to germinate the seeds of our joint imaginations, and a hothouse in which to force this organic growth through further interaction with other artists.

We made trials of growing plants inside the gallery, in the unnatural surroundings of the space. Our aim was to build a working prototype of an incubator and to grow edible plants. We wanted to research and share this process, make visible and encourage conversation about issues related to our contemporary nature, the food we eat, our changing climate and our responsibilities as citizens of our planet. In doing this we began to see the chicory as a third collaborator, a teacher and a fellow artist. In investigating this we were struck at references to non-human collaboration in anthropology.

The work you will see through Oriel Blodau Bach is a representation and analysis of this project and further musings on the project. It will be using Oriel Blodau Bach as one would use a blog on the internet. Please contact me if you wish to discuss anything posted at: Melin Glonc, Drefelin, Llandysul, SA44 5XB. Thank you.

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Mae Roger Lougher wedi bod yn cyd-weithio gyda artist Anne-Mie Melis ac yma mae’n bwrw golwg dros brosiect diweddar yn oriel g39 yng Nghaerdydd.

Rhanna Melis a Lougher ddiddordeb yn y modd yr ydym yn byw o fewn ein hamgylchedd a’r posibilrwydd o allu gwneud hyn mewn ffordd gynaliadwy. Mae ganddynt ddiddordeb yn yr effaith ecolegol sydd gan y gymdeithas gyfoes ar yr amgylchedd naturiol, a sut y mae’r amgylchedd hwnnw yn cael ei fframio’n athronyddol a’i gynrychioli mewn celf.

Fel rhan o’u hymarfer maent yn aml yn cyflwyno gweithdai i bobl o bob oedran. Gwelant y gweithdai hyn fel cyfle i ymchwilio eu hymarfer a chychwyn deialog gyda phobl nad ydynt yn gyfarwydd â chelf gyfoes. Yn ddiweddar buont yn cyd-weithio gydag Ymarferwyr Creadigol, i ddarganfod ffyrdd i gyflwyno cwricwlwm yr ysgol trwy weithgareddau celf.

Gwelwyd cyfle i ymchwilio eu partneriaeth ymhellach trwy dyfu sicori mewn oriel gelf. Yn y modd hwn daeth yr oriel yn feithrinfa lle y gellid egino hadau dychymyg y ddau ohonynt, ac yn dŷ gwydr lle y gellid ymwthio’r tyfiant organig trwy ymwneud gydag artistiaid eraill.

Arbrofwyd gyda thyfu planhigion tu fewn i’r oriel, yn  amgylchedd annaturiol y gofod. Y nod oedd adeiladu prototeip gweithredol o ddeorydd a thyfu planhigion bwytadwy. Roeddynt yn awyddus i ymchwilio a rhannu’r broses; amlygu ac annog trafodaeth am bwyntiau yn ymwneud a bywyd naturiol cyfoes, bwyd, newid hinsawdd a’n cyfrifoldeb fel dinasyddion i’r blaned. Trwy hyn, gwelwyd sicori fel y trydydd cydweithiwr, athro a chyd-artist. Yn yr ymchwiliad, daethant yn fwy ymwybodol o gyfeiriadau at gyd-weithredu annynol mewn anthropoleg.

Mae’r gwaith a welwch yn Oriel Blodau Bach yn gynrychiolaeth a dadansoddiad o’r prosiect ynghyd a sylwadau pellach am y prosiect. Bydd yn defnyddio Oriel Blodau Bach yn yr un modd a a blog ar y rhyngrwyd. Croeso ichi gysylltu â Roger Lougher os hoffech drafod unrhywbeth a osodir yma : Melin Glonc, Drefelin, Llandysul, SA44 5XB. Diolch.