Saturday, 18 July 2009

The Lady of Shalott @ Lincoln Summer Gala

If you were at the Lincoln Summer Gala, you may have spotted some of these mirrors around the Brayford Pool.

"Down she came and found a boat
Beneath a willow left afloat,
And round about the prow she wrote
'The Lady of Shalott."

"I am half - sick of shadows" said The Lady of Shalott @ Odeon cinema, Brayford Pool, Lincoln

"For ere she reach'd upon the tide
The first house by the water-side,
Singing in her song she died,
The Lady of Shalott."

" And sometimes thro' the mirror blue
The knights come riding two and two:
She hath no loyal knight and true,
The Lady of Shalott."

"And up and down the people go,
Gazing where the lilies blow
Round an island there below,
The island of Shalott."

The Lady Of Shalott Rose @ the University of Lincoln, courtesy of the Tennyson Society - rather fitting to the poem, the flowers are dying.....

"Out flew the web and floated wide;
The mirror crack'd from side to side;
"The curse is come upon me," cried
The Lady of Shalott."

Always look carefully around the city of Lincoln, you may find The Lady Of Shalott in places other than The Collection art gallery ;-) They are not graffiti, (they are temporary and easily removed) they are not random, they are works of contemporary art designed to encourage you to appreciate art in unusual places, to look for poetry amongst the everyday banality of the cityscape. If you see them around, please do photograph them and send them!! I may continue to create and install more Lady of Shalott mirrors in future.....

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

dolls and mirrors

For the Summer Gala, the mirrors (that is the mirrors with text from The Lady of Shalott shown previously in this blog) will be installed around the Brayford Pool area, the dressing table with mirror will be a focus point for the installation, upon which to exhibit the doll and related work (which I'm currently working on).

It should link The Lady of Shalott with The Cupboard Project, for which there's a meeting next Tuesday at Grove Tea Rooms on Steep Hill for members of the Lincoln Artist's Network who will be taking part in The Cupboard Project.

I wasn't impressed with the Artist's Market. No one actually bought anything. No one seems to realise that they're getting some nifty fine art for a fraction of the cost it's actually worth! I made the grand profit of £1 for the second one last Sunday, and have now decided that Artist's Markets are not my cup of tea unless promoting LAN activities.
Besides, I was selling work for far less than its market value if it was sold through a gallery or accepted by Illustration agents for publication. I'm going to submit one of the pieces for the AOI Images 34 competition instead!

I did come up with the adaptation of making the mirrors double-sided, with the quotes written backwards one side, and normal the other.