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Parndon Mill


Aug 8, 2019 - Sep 15, 2019

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Paintings by Debbie Ayles Ceramics by Michele Connell A painterly exploration of the myriad patterns found in architectural landscapes - a fleeting glimpse of life where people spend their day. Complemented by rich imagery on press-moulded ceramic bowls. Debbie Ayles looks at buildings in their surroundings creating a new perception designed to awaken the imagination. She reveals not only the patterns within a subject but also the spaces between objects and architectural forms. She includes all the shadows, reflections, sunbursts, clouds, people and other passing and chance elements that have all contributed to the way it looked at that moment in time when she first saw it. The paintings explore the relationship between the inside and outside of architecture, landscape and places; the face presented to the world and the life that goes on within, blending and blurring each aspect to create structural harmony. The result is a unique and vibrant interplay of organic and geometric shapes that are at once figurative and abstract. Michele Connell has worked with red earthenware and decorated with sgraffito, slip and underglaze oxide colours for this exhibition. She has used rich imagery on each of her press-moulded bowls. Surface decoration is important and natural forms, often from her own garden, are used for inspiration. Michèle also finds the theme of interiors a powerful one: an empty interior, or a single figure in a room is presented, often in juxtaposition with exterior views through an open door or window. This also permits the fusion of past and present, at home and elsewhere. A childhood year spent in Tunisia with its vivid blue skies and Islamic patterns has had a lifelong influence.


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