Local artists exhibit their work ‘Layer Upon Layer’ in Eype

By Jenny Penney

25th Apr 2023 | Local Features

Three local artists will be exhibiting their 'layered' work in an exhibition to be held at Eype Centre for the Arts from May 2 to 14.

Layering is often used to describe something that is complicated and interesting because it has many different features. In terms of artwork, this layering approach can include using different media in layers, adopting a different process between layers, or simply building in an element of 3D perspective.

The artists exhibiting at the Eype Centre for the Arts, at Eype Church, each adopt an element of layering in their chosen media with stunning results.

Jenny Penney works with coloured mountboard to produce detailed, sculpted landscapes of local Dorset scenes.

Jenny's semi-abstract landscapes focus on the layered, tonal composition to produce artwork that literally 'pops' off the surface. Her process is quite labour-intensive, like piecing together a jigsaw puzzle, each piece of board has a place, and the final pieces are full of shadow relief, giving them an exciting finish.

Lyn Kirkland is a fine art encaustic wax artist, working and teaching on the Isle of Portland. Fine art encaustic wax is quite unusual in the UK, with only a handful of proponents working in this method.

Beeswax and a tree resin called Damar are mixed with pigments, heated on a hotplate to create a palette of molten paint. This paint is brushed onto the painting surface in layers, often many, to create a translucent, deep, tactile surface which can also be sculpted, or layered with imagery and ephemera.

Lyn's paintings include both local scenes and abstracts, full of colour and texture.

Sue Jenkins creates textile pieces using Ecoprint. This process uses natural leaf pigments from locally gathered leaves, which are layered on the fabric.

Using heat and pressure the pigments from the leaves are transferred to the fabric. The resultant organic patterns are just glorious, and each piece is unique. Sue creates items for the home, clothing and accessories using natural fibre fabrics and recycled clothing.

During the exhibition there will be demonstrations from one of the artists each day. All artwork and textiles will be for sale, along with prints and greetings cards.

The exhibition will be from 10am to 4pm daily, with free entry, from May 2 to 14 at the Eype Centre for the Creative Arts, St Peter's Church, Mount Lane, Eype (DT6 6AR).


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