The Smile Project

This is the title and theme of my first solo exhibition, at For Every Cloud gallery in Langport, 12-27th May 2015.

‘My current work (The Smile Project) is a response to the grief and hard times of close friends. Every Smile Bears Fruit originated in the simple pleasure I found in these disposable coffee cups from the café close to where I work. The bright colours, dimpled texture and text ‘enjoy’, with a smile, would always brighten my studio sessions. Sometimes small moments of joy can get us through the painful times that occur in every life. I wanted to spread that joy with a message of hope and faith in the future, represented by a growing plant, which will produce fruit.’P_20150110_173916

This will become an installation called Every Smile Bears Fruit, as soon as I plant the tomato seeds…

(March 2015) The tomato seedlings are soaking up the sunshine on my windowsill now, and I’ll be posting updates on their progress.

seeds planted just after the equinox...

seeds planted just after the equinox…

excited to find the first few frail sprouts...

excited to find the first few frail sprouts…

and now nearly all of them have come up!

and now nearly all of them have come up!

But in attempting to reproduce smiles in my 2D and 3D work I discovered many more meanings to the human smile…

I will also be showing lino prints and ceramics. Here are the first photos of ceramics for the exhibition, to tickle your interest:

ceramic 'coffee cup' planters with local clay handprint, slipcast, stoneware H10cm, diam 8cm

ceramic ‘coffee cup’ planters with local clay handprint, slipcast, stoneware H10cm, diam 8cm

Rough bust, stoneware, local clay glaze H21cm, W20cm, D14cm

Rough bust, stoneware, local clay glaze H21cm, W20cm, D14cm

Head pot/planter, local clay handprints, stoneware H28cm Diam 22cm

Head pot/planter, local clay handprints, stoneware H28cm Diam 22cm

Now I need to decide which image to use for the publicity material.

Further updates will appear over the next few weeks… watch this space!

EXHIBITION NOW ON

at For Every Cloud gallery in Langport, May 12-27th.

Set Up and Private View went well. The exhibition was publicised in the Central Somerset Gazette and made the Evolver listings.

I had 42 tomato plants to transport and arrange, all looking very healthy and ready for repotting. Here they are installed:

'Every Smile Bears Fruit' installation at For Every Cloud gallery, Langport

‘Every Smile Bears Fruit’ installation at For Every Cloud gallery, Langport

Several of the plants were sold over the course of the evening, so I’ll be updating this page with photos of their smiling new caretakers. Here’s the first:

Rohini smile with tomato seedling - 'Every Smile Bears Fruit'

Rohini smile with tomato seedling – ‘Every Smile Bears Fruit’

Two ‘handy pots‘ were also bought, and there are red dots on two of the heads, including the one used for the posters. It is displayed with a rosemary plant growing out of it, called ‘Remember Love’. 

The whole show feels light and airy, positive with growing plants and humour as well as tackling some painful subjects. Please come and visit while it’s on. Free parking and river walks in Langport too…

Update

Here are some more photos of happy people with their tomato seedlings! All taken at the Private View on Mon 11th May.

donnapicvivsmile


donnapicunknownsmile

 

donnapicgerry&stevesmile

donnapichelensmile

donnapicrohinioshialauraplussmile

 

donnapicjo&rachaelsmile

donnapicjo&nicksmile

donnapicjo&andysmile

donnapicjo&lindasmile

 

Exhibition end in sight – only a couple more days to catch it. Yesterday I took some dear friends over to Langport. After the exhibition we browsed the little shops and had lunch at Great Bow Wharf before a sunny walk back along the river. So here’s the latest photo of a seedling smile, plus Donna placing another red dot and my friends being happy.

Janetta's tomato seedling smile - plus shiny happy pot

Janetta’s tomato seedling smile – plus shiny happy pot

Donna placing another red dot - first print/collage sale

Donna placing another red dot – first print/collage sale

friends enjoying the exhibition

friends enjoying the exhibition

 

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One thought on “The Smile Project

  1. It was a lovely show… innovative, happy, light and accessible (as they say in the arty world..!) I loved it…. AND Jo looked radiant….

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