Monday, 5 March 2007

Tactile Art

I took part in a competition back in January - it was called Tactile Art, where the sense of touch is as important as the visual.
We all submitted photographs of our art pieces. The short-listed entries are now on show at the Bishop Otter Gallery, Bishop Otter University, Chichester, West Sussex. The great thing about this exhibition is that each piece of work is available to be touched by everyone.

This was my piece that may look familiar as I posted it in January. It is a dream to touch with crunchy sky, a silkiest, smooth undulating wavy velvet sea, and sandy bumpy, metal shore with beads galore. It is the sort of art that most exhibitions would put a sign up to say 'don't touch' but on this occasion you could have touched it til your hearts content.
The operative words being 'could have', it wasn't chosen. Oh Well that's life, now lets move on!
The judges were a Sculptor, the curator at Tate Modern and an Artist and Disability Trainer. The prize for the winner was £3000.
Well of course I was still going along to the exhibition to see what was chosen. How could I not resist. Here are a few. This is all hand made felted pea pods. I love this one.

This sculpture/ panel of a figure made of hay and plaster was great, my 2nd favourite.
A chair with loads of little toys stuck on...... not quite so impressed.
A load of blown up rubber gloves ????There was also a chair with gloves filled with water hanging below. Would probably be a big hit with the kids.
and this one went down well with my daughter. There were other items that were not worth a photograph, like the pile of stones wrapped in wool fabrics and the pile of wooden bricks (just like baby building blocks)I think the man from the Tate museum would probably like it though, well its Art isn't it?


Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Well Ginny....I have to say that I prefer the piece at the very top of this post!! Why were you not short listed!!!?
Or am I just art ignorant?...
But I know what I like!

Vintage to Victorian said...

Hi Ginny - I'm with Niki on this one, although I like the typewriter idea ... probably because I trained as a secretary (37 years ago - eek!!!!) and have a soft spot for typewriters!

Susie Q said...

Well, I know what moves me and what makes me feel. YOUR piece would have been the one I would have chosen.
Of course, I was not a judge and no one asked me but still...*smile*

Carol said...

Your piece is great Ginny, but I also like the big felted peas! But if I had to choose one for my home I'd take yours. The typewriter idea is quite good too!

Annabelle said...

Hi Ginny,
I remember seeing your art piece in Jan and loved it. And like the rest of the girls I would definitely go for yours. Of course I have an infinitive passion with anything form the sea. What does short listed mean...finalists??? I hope you were one!

Luv Annabelle

Kahshe Cottager said...

Sorry your piece wasn't selected - I liked it a lot better than some of the others! Yours was something I would have been pleased to put into my own home.

Annabelle said...

Hi Ginny,
Sorry but I deleted your comment. I changed the video for one I thought was more to my liking and so I lost yours and Gracie’s. I'll try to post them thru me.

p.s. Sorry to hear you weren't selected.Still your was my fav.

Luv Annabelle

FourSistersInACottage said...

Hi Ginny,
I just found your blog and I must say I am thrilled with all the pretty pictures of your projects. YOUR HEARTS are AMAZING!!! I of course, love all the "little" things that you use to adorn them with.
Thanks for the inspiration,
Amy (Mom to the Four Sisters)

Clare said...

Hi Ginny, yes I have to agree with Niki and Sue (aren't we predictable?!!) Your piece is lovely, those soft hues - but the typewriter is so qwerty - sorry, quirky!!! Clare x

Tracey said...

I would not want to sit in that chair... But I do love the felted piece! Touchable art is such a cool thing.

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