It is part of a series of etchings exploring, landscape, cartography, symbolism and identity. I have been interested in the juxtaposition of how cartography changes to reflect shifting landmass and also human and animal movement across landscapes. Within my own family's history, my grandparents, Polish Jews, were taken to a hard labour camp in Siberia, where my grandmother at the age of 12 was sent to cut down trees, as her mother was too ill to do so. They eventually escaped by walking at night and hiding in the day time, surviving often on one potato a day. The family ended up in a displaced persons camp in Germany at the end of the war and now live in Philadelphia and New York mostly. This history - or herstory - forms a backbone to my work, addressing landscape and the stories and shifts imprinted into the fabric of the earth over time.
The exhibition is being put on by the Royal Drawing School, where I completed my MA diploma in drawing in 2007, and now work, teaching printmaking and drawing. Christie's says of the show; 'the Royal Drawing School’s US inaugural exhibition of drawings at Christie’s New York runs alongside Master Drawings Week New York 2016 and Christie’s Old Master and British Drawings sale. The selling exhibition of over 70 drawings by contemporary practicing artists will span three rooms and includes drawings from alumni, faculty and artists closely associated with the Royal Drawing School including Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy, Humphrey Ocean RA, Timothy Hyman RA, Catherine Goodman, Artistic Director of the Royal Drawing School, David Dawson, Ishbel Myerscough, Sarah Pickstone and Stuart Pearson Wright. '
Although I won't be going to New York for the exhibition myself, I'm hoping someone will take some pictures of my piece in the show for me!
If you are in New York and happen to see it, please let me know! : )
A full list of all the exhibiting artists below.
Jones Jeanette Barnes
Timothy Hyman RA
Christopher Le Brun PRA
Charlotte Mann Kathryn Maple
Humphrey Ocean RA
Stuart Pearson Wright