Fascinating and helpful conversations during Open Studio Week 2018
Cornwall Open Studio Week this year proved especially helpful to me for some of the conversations I had with visitors about my future plans. Some of you were part of those dialogues and I want to thank you for the clarification they brought me. In some cases it was about the pieces I’ll be showing in my September Bodmin Shire Hall exhibition ‘REPRIEVE’, about how particular canvases relate to specific points in my ongoing experience of battling cancer. So, most of the image links below take you to a page about the collection for that planned exhibition.
However, the last two shots on this page, also picture links, relate to conversations about my planned reconstruction of the Dome of Human Kindness, an ambitious mural project originally from my student years in Italy. In this case those two additional photos show the front and back of the first triangular canvas to be re-stretched for this project, painted in translucent layers on its marine plywood backing during Open Studio Week. These two photos are picture links that take you to pages explaining their context in the plan. There are seventeen more panels to be developed in this way so expect further postings about this over the coming months. For the story of how the original mural came into being in 1972 click HERE for an earlier blog post about it.
Among the conversations I had during the recent Open Studio Week on the topic of my dome reconstruction was one that came from an extraordinary re-encounter with a gentleman who had been studio demonstrator on the first two years of my Fine Art degree course at Newcastle some fifty years ago and who sought me out on this occasion. How satisfying it was to explain my current obsession about this project to a man who had done so much to encourage me to explore what I think of as such ’off the wall’ schemes all those years ago.
His partner’s insightful comments and appreciation were also invaluable to me. Conversations with friends about the thinking behind the development of this project in particular can be very clarifying for me. You might like to enter into such a conversation with me online through commenting on this post or by commenting about posts on one of the two art Facebook pages that I run. These are at: https://www.facebook.com/artoftomhendersonsmith/ and https://www.facebook.com/rebuildingthedome/ .