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