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Light and Line- Polly Binns and Anne Morell

It was a funny feeling, walking back into the Gallery @ the Civic again. The last time I had walked into the space the Catwalk to Cover show had been on, with music pumping through the speakers. This time it was different, there was a feeling of calm contemplation and the artwork on the walls was more sensitive and neutral in nature.

Polly Binns and Anne Morrell are two textile artists who come from very different backgrounds. They met about 30 years ago, but this is the first time they have exhibited together. Light and Line is a touring exhibition, run by the Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery and has been funded by the Arts Council of England.

Polly Binns method of making is quite immediate, she stitches directly onto the fabric and allows the embroidery to flow naturally and create it’s own story. This particular body of work has been inspired by the ebb and flow of the water in the marsh lands near her home. In support to the large embroidered hangings near the gallery entrance there is a lovely collection of framed line drawings. The fabric is quite neutral and earthy in colour, the dye uneven, with paint applied on to some of the threads, inviting the viewer in with lovely areas of interest and detail. It’s a sensitive translation of the delicate nature of the marshes.

Overstrand interlude, installation view, ink on paper, 2011

Polly Binns, installation view, Overstrand Interlude and Sea Edge embroideries, 2011

Anne Morrell has a different approach to working then Polly. She begins with an idea of where she would like the work to go, and builds and adapts it as the work is created. She is highly influenced by transient moments in nature: water, light, time and the seasons, and this is evident in the colours and textures of her finished pieces. Blue predominates in some areas, and pale creams in others, creating a compliment to Polly’s work. The surface textures Anne manages to build up are exquisite, the thread built up in deep hues over richly dyed fabrics. An interesting, modern twist to the exhibition is the inclusion of digital prints, suspended by guy wires near the windows of the gallery. They provide a lovely body of contrasting  support work for the large scale embroideries hanging in the rest of the space.

Anne Morrell, Cipher, hand dyed embroidery, 2011

Anne Morrell, Verdure 1, 2010

Anne Morrell, digital prints, installation view

Both artists work is best seen up close to be able to truly appreciate the skill and time they have invested in their respective projects.

The Light and Line exhibition will be in the Gallery @the Civic, Barnsley from Thursday 22nd November 2012 until Friday 4th January 2013.

To find out more information about the Civic click here.

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4 comments on “Light and Line- Polly Binns and Anne Morell

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    December 22, 2012

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    • prettypinwork
      January 6, 2013

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  2. Hannah Lamb
    January 4, 2013

    An interesting review. I visited today and was really excited, especially by Anne Morrell’s work. I don’t think the suspended pieces were digitally printed – but I thought these were really beautiful.

    Would you mind if I use you photo if I link back to your blog?

    • prettypinwork
      January 4, 2013

      Thanks! I was on the fence about digital prints, but I couldn’t see any info on the images, so I just went with my assumption.
      That’s not problem, go ahead. 🙂

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Vicki Clough

Vicki Clough

Vicki is an independent curator and craftsperson with a focus on socially engaged and participatory art and events. In January 2016 she helped launch Reconstructing Resilience, an ongoing research and curatorial project that aims to address the various forms of sustainable practice. She has been the Curatorial Director of Figment Toronto since 2014 and has also co-curated exhibitions including Move to Stillness, for the Harbourfront Centre's Kick Up Your Heels Festival (2015), The Duel, AGO First Thursdays (2014) and What Are You Made Of? OCAD U Graduate Gallery (2013). She initiated the Toronto based workshop model and website Polymers in Action: Socially Engaged Art and the Environment as part of her studies at OCAD University, where she obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. She publishes on anything that interests her deeply and moves her to the point of lengthy verbal expression.

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