Thursday, 9 August 2012

Rhythms – North Norfolk Art at Salthouse Church

North Norfolk based artists Jacqui Dorras and Lizzy Harvey are staging a joint exhibition, Rhythms, at St Nicholas Church Salthouse from Saturday, August 11 to Monday, August 27. The exhibition, inspired by the rhythms of North Norfolk’s coast and countryside, will be open daily from 10am to 5pm, free entry (opens at around 11am on Sundays after the church service).

Jacqui Dorras from Thurgarton and Lizzy Harvey from Briston both work in the art department at City College Norwich on a job share basis. “We support and encourage each other in our work, have similar interests in nature and are both experimental in our approach, “ explained Jacqui Dorras. “There is a rhythm and harmony in our art, although it is very different.”

“Staging a joint exhibition in the magnificent interior of St Nicholas Salthouse, with its beautiful natural light, is a natural development for us,” continued Jacqui Dorras. “I last exhibited my work some six years ago, following workshops that I led at Carrow House with young asylum seekers, so the Salthouse show is very much a new beginning for me.”

Jacqui Dorras’ mixed media work at Salthouse will focus on the rhythm of the sea. She is currently producing new work on lead, copper, linen and wood; the lead piece is being drawn with wire, which will be gently hammered, without touching the surface. The items will be submerged in the waters off the North Norfolk Coast. The daily ebb and flow of the tide will complete the process of drawing. Carvings depicting sea forms and items created from objects gathered from the sea will also feature in the exhibition.

Lizzy Harvey added: “I worked in watercolours for many years but now enjoy using a variety of media, including techniques associated with textiles; stitch, print, dye and pattern, thus the work has become more process led and diverse. I gather inspiration from the hedgerows, trees and fields, the patterns and forms and rhythms. This work has been done in the past year specifically for Salthouse and is my response to four seasons in the North Norfolk countryside.”

Lizzy Harvey is a member of Norwich 20 Group and exhibits at the group’s spring and autumn shows, most recently at The Forum in Norwich. She also exhibited at Salthouse 09 and 10.

Photograph: Jacqui Dorras securing her work to let the sea finish the drawing process.