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In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day 2020 we asked five artists in the Collection to tell us more about their work. Watch them all here.
During lockdown we have been thinking of ways for visitors to connect with the Collection. Here are a few things for you to try at home. Enjoy!
We have commissioned Cambridge-based artist Caroline Wendling to create an activity for all that takes our dazzling work by Anni Albers as its inspiration. We would love to see your creations so do tag @newhallartcollection on Instagram or @newhallart on Twitter.
The Colour Gold
Murray Edwards College has a print on its walls next to the library by Anni Albers. The print is called TR III and was made between 1969–70. It is an embossing with gold ink. The work looks shimmering and intriguing. I think it could have been made today as it appears like a sequence of repetitive triangle shapes with some interruptions, changes in orientations making for tone, shadows and composite pattern. It could have been made using coding. Look at the print and squint with your eyes.
The attractive golden colour can be found in nature at this time of year. It might still be hanging on trees or creating beautiful carpets outside. Go for a walk to see. Take your time, look at the sky and, once there, pick as many leaves as you want – enough for a small installation at home.
I want you to choose a special place. It might be beside your bed, a small area on the floor, a page in one of your notebooks, the arm of your chair. That special place is now your canvas.
I just went outside my studio this morning at Wysing Art Centre and collected some birch tree leaves, the trees here are planted in a cluster and I entered a golden world. I chose my studio floor as my canvas and started playing with the leaves, placing them and ordering them but also interrupting the symmetry.
Once you are back home, it might be a corner of sun entering through your window that becomes your site for creativity.
I invite you to play with patterns and shapes, there is no right or wrong. Start by looking at your golden leaves. Will you organise them in squares, in order of size, in a line that takes shapes. Will the leaves exchange conversations between themselves? They might talk to you in a certain way. Mine became my friends!
You might want to take a picture and share it on Instagram or with your friends and family. You might also decide to create a new shape, a new artwork every day. It might be that after a few days you realise that you are telling a story, that you are developing a visual language.
Caroline Wendling explores ideas of place and belonging through layered projects that draw on history and explore local myths, inviting re-imaging of sites. Her multidisciplinary practices lead her to creating site-related sensory walks/performances often with collaborators blurring notion of audiences and performers. Commissions include Nene Park Trust, 2020, Bedford Creative Arts 2020/2012, Kettle’s Yard, 2019, Whitechapel Gallery, 2019, Wysing Arts Centre, 2019, Deveron Projects, 2014-16 and 2020/21.
She created the Forest of Imagination for Hansel and Gretel opera with children of Mayfair Primary School and Girton Primary School taking inspiration from Murray Edwards gardens and Girton College grounds, a project commissioned by Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination.