13 Feb — 27 Mar 2021
The Picture Room, Newlyn Art Gallery
To co-incide with Seaside: Photographed, Kerry Harding presents a collection of paintings that take a unique approach to defining the character of our coastline, and our relationship with it.
Kerry’s work is inspired by the landscape immediately around her home on the Cornish coast. Her focus is on the visually familiar – the views and landmarks, both natural and manmade, that fill her ‘everyday’ and are imprinted on her memory by force of repetition.
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Over time, each glance at a familiar scene creates a relationship built of real, imagined and felt interpretations of ‘place’. This curious balance of fact and feeling is the essence of both nostalgia and romanticism, which in turn inspire the photographer to respond, and the painter to put brush to canvas: just as Seaside: Photographed captures fleeting yet defining moments in seaside culture, these paintings capture split-second moments of emotive encounter with the coast. Kerry’s practice is process-led and is based on the instinctive adding, removing and reworking of paint over long periods of time, sometimes several years, until a meaningful image asserts itself. In this way she brings impulse, memory and emotion to the act of painting, layering soft, vintage colours like layers of distant memory, and fostering a sense of nostalgia through the aged, faded feel of the canvas.
As collections, both photos and paintings become a highly curated record of place and time, defined in large part by the artist’s subjectivity, yet as artworks they shape our collective memory of places and the past. Each takes the everyday and reframes it as an experience far beyond the ordinary.