About kathryncampbelldodd

Artist living and working in west Wales

Roger Lougher

Our exhibition with Roger Lougher during September and October 2017 will grow and change over the duration of the show. Keep an eye open for new additions as the piece develops…

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Zara Kuchi

29 August // Awst – 13 September // Medi 2017

Starlings

Zara Kuchi was born in Cornwall and studied art at Carmarthenshire College of Arts and Technology going on to graduate from Falmouth College of Arts with First Class Honours in 2000. Kuchi is primarily an oil painter but also works in printmaking and watercolour.
Having travelled in South America and Europe and now raising two children in West Wales she draws together her experiences of life and visual culture in an on-going body of work. She is a long term member of the King Street Gallery artist’s co-operative in Carmarthen.

Starlings is part of a series of folk bird paintings originating in a homage to the ‘Love Birds’ of East European textiles and growing into a wider celebration of the symbolism of birds within art. Kuchi is currently working on a series of birds entitled ‘Peace in our Time’ echoing the use of the dove and the pigeon during the birth of the International Peace Conferences of post-War Europe.

Zara Kuchi

Jacob Whittaker

 

10 July // Gorffennaf – 25 August // Awst 2017

Bragu Blodeuwedd
A film about transformation

Gorse ~~ Meadowsweet ~~ Oak ~~ Broom

This short experimental work uses the flowers from the story of Blodeuwedd and follows their transformations through fermentation processes, evoking the spirit of Blodeuwedd through chemistry, colour and sound.

The work looks at brewing as a creative act, the recipe and process become a ritual, a conjouring.

Gorse, Oak and Meadowsweet wines blended in equal parts, add 3 drops of Broom infused spirit and place in a jar with a barn owl pellet.

The final infusion continues to change as the wines oxidise and the pellet breaks down.

Perhaps she is alive.

Ac yna y kymeryssant wy blodeu y deri, a blodeu y banadyl, a blodeu yr erwein, ac o’r rei hynny, asswynaw yr un uorwyn deccaf a thelediwaf a welas dyn eiroet. Acybedydyaw o’r bedyd a wneynt yna, a dodi Blodeued arnei.

Williams, Ivor, ed., Pedeir Keinc y Mabinogi, (Cardiff, University of Wales, 1951)

Jacob Whittaker

Bragu Blodeuwedd : Cerddoriaeth//music:

The soundtrack in the Bragu Blodeuwedd video was composed and performed by Deuair (Elsa Davies and Ceri Owen-Jones):

Description of Blodeuwedd from Llyfr Gwyn Rhydderch (c.1350, Parcrhydderch, Llangeitho) was entwined with chosen contemporaneous melodies (c.1320-80, Tyddewi diocese) whose words venerate female love and show honour with flower symbolism.

These words and tunes were included in an antiphonal made during the same period as the compiling of Llyfr Gwyn Rhydderch, intended for specific use in the Welsh liturgical calendar.

An arrangement of choral voices was transferred to Crwth, Telyn Wrachod, and Telyn Efydd, traditional instruments of poetic art in Wales with pre-Christian lineage.

The score was composed from these influences by playing with the shifting rhythms and tones of Jacob’s sound recordings of the brewing process and to his film images.

‘[…] blodeu y deri, a blodeu y banadyl a blodeu yr erwein.’
Flowers of Broom and Gorse. Mae telyn efydd yn canu ‘Sicut Lilium Inter Spinas’.

‘[…] nit oed gyueir arnei hi ny bei yn llawn oe garyat ef.’
Meadowsweet. Mae crwth yn canu ‘O Certe Precipuus Marie Magdalene Amor’.

‘Keisswn nineu ui a thi oc an hut an lledrith hudaw gwreic idaw ynteu or blodeu.’
Oak, strength and fuel. Mae telyn wrachod yn canu ‘Kaniad Yr Efail’, alaw o’r crynhoad cerddoriaeth canoloesol Cymreig.

Forged with magic and illusion, ‘Blodeuwedd’ appears while crwth enchants ‘Felix Maria Familiam Custodi’, ‘[…] hitheu a gymerth diruawr lywenyd yndi.’

Elsa Davies and Ceri Owen-Jones

Bragu Blodeuwedd was originally commissioned for Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival 2017.

Making Flower Wines

Alongside our current exhibition Bragu Blodeuwedd at Oriel Blodau Bach, artist Jacob Whittaker has given us his recipe for making flower wine.

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1Kg sugar
1 lemon
½ cup of strong cold black tea
Water
All purpose wine yeast
1tsp yeast nutrient

Pick all the flowers off the stalks as much as possible, the green parts are generally bitter or unpleasant tasting!

Put them in a clean, sterilised fermenting bucket with the sugar and the juice of a lemon.

Add cold water, 6 pints for a gallon, yeast and nutrient, stir well until all the sugar has dissolved. Cover loosely with a lid or towel and leave in a warm place.

Stir daily for 4 or 5 days, it should be fermenting vigorously by day 3.

On day 4 or 5 strain into a demijohn (top up with water or white grape juice if needed), fit an airlock and leave to ferment, it usually takes about 4-6 weeks.

Syphon wine off the sediment into another demijohn and move to a cooler place to clear.

All flower wines are drinkable very soon after making, although they will keep for years they don’t generally improve much after a month.

A word of caution:
Always ensure you have identified your flowers correctly, never make wine from anything you are uncertain of. Broom is a toxic plant and the flowers should be used with caution.

Julie Ann Sheridan

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15 May // Mai – 3 July // Gorffennaf 2017

Symbiosis : Lichens, small but critical

Symbiosis – A relationship between two types of animal or plant in which each provides for the other the conditions necessary for its continued existence.

Symbiosis in lichens is the mutually helpful symbiotic relationship of algae living among filaments of a fungus. Lichen is a combination of fungus and algae and as an entity has a very different form than the parts growing by themselves.
By cohabiting with the fungus, the algae can live in many different environments and extend its range significantly. The symbiotic nature and pattern of lichen illustrating these relationships serving as a metaphor for how we should live our lives by working together.

“This painting depicts Cladonia cristatella, commonly known as the British soldiers lichen, is a fruticose lichen belonging to the family Cladoniaceae. It’s a favourite of mine and served as the inspiration for my current body of work.”
These pieces are the beginning of a larger body of work currently being created by Julie Ann Sheridan in The Last Gallery Studio, Llangadog.

Julie Ann Sheridan

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Lonely Signpost

Lonely Signpost

3 April // Ebrill – 12 May // Mai 2017

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Oriel Blodau Bach are delighted to host a new piece of work by artist /activist project, Lonely Signpost.

“The elephant silhouette and its counterpart – the cut out shape which has been placed 30 metres north of the gallery on an empty signpost on the A485 – explores the notion that empty signposts ARE the ‘elephant in the room’, they are there in full plain sight, but ignored….no-one wants to talk about them….they are there, but not there…”

Lonely Signpost is an Art Intervention project devised to draw attention to empty and abandoned signposts in the UK.

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Victoria Malcolm

The Sun Will Rise Again

20 February // Chwefror – 31 March // Mawrth 2017

“When I was invited to make piece for the old New Inn village noticboard I realised I could have fun with some offcuts of reflective signboard plastic from the County Council road sign dept; something cheerful to catch the light as we pass from winter to spring. I had a limited range of colours so the subject suggested itself.

Taking inspiration from Emil Nolde’s north German coastline work made during his Nazi imposed exile, when he had to use the only paint available to him: children’s poster colours; he created richly coloured streaky paintings of the sunsets and sunrises. I was also inspired by Klimt’s pupil Hundertwasser’s jewel-like images, and the striped watercolours made by Paul Klee. I used map pins to honour the tradition of noticeboards and the ephemeral nature of the information; the collage technique refers to the school that once existed in New Inn.

The title comes from Barack Obama’s last address as President of the USA before handing over to Donald Trump.

I’ve lived in Llanfihangel ar arth for over 30 years, having trained in fine art painting, initially in London in the 70s and then in Carmarthen School of Art in Job’s Well more recently.

Thankyou to Kathryn Campbell Dodd and Kirsten Hinks Knight for the opportunity.”

Victoria Malcolm