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Goemans - Kiernan - Pack

14 September - 8 October 2016

an exhibition of abstract painting and sculpture in Cornwall

An exhibition featuring the paintings of Ele Pack and Melanie Goemans with porcelain sculpture by Melissa Kiernan.

Melanie GoemansMelanie Goemans studied Florentine Renaissance art at the Courtauld Institute, London (MA 1995, BA 1993) and Fine Art at the School of Art, University of Gloucestershire (MA 1998). Having taught Art and
History of Art at Cheltenham College, she worked as Artist in Residence in three different posts. Melanie has exhibited at various venues including Jerwood Space, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, Thompson’s City Gallery, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art and The Florence Trust. Her work is in corporate and private collections in the UK and overseas, and has recently been selected for the National Open Art Competition (2016) and invited for the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, and selected for second round judging of the John Moores Painting Prize and Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize.
‘In my work I seek out overlooked, incidental forms in nature. There is a great beauty in the rambling, chaotic lines of tangled weeds or the overgrown, especially in contrast with the man-made forms around us. Finding out the history of places I am painting, I like to think these lines tell some of the stories, as if the past is making itself present through them.”

Melissa KiernanMelissa Kiernan is a British Ceramicist/ Sculptor. She was born in 1966 and studied Ceramics at University of West of England, Bristol. Her sculpture is held in many private collections including that of Mette Gaugin. Her medium is high-fired porcelain and stoneware.
“For my current body of work I draw inspiration from medieval art, statuary, Egon Schiele, iconography. My high-fired figures, constructed from small pieces of wafer thin porcelain, convey a sense of the fragility of life, of the fleeting moment. In my work I aim to imbue gentleness and delicacy by disassembling the human form into a patchwork of overlaid pieces. Every piece I make has emotional impact. I’m working with the human
condition – the strength, the suffering, the fragility and the transient fleeting beauty of the human form.
Life impacts and leaves its mark.”

Ele packEle Pack received her degree from Loughborough College of Art and her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Her paintings have been exhibited by various UK galleries, and overseas in Germany, Sweden and the USA. Her work has also been published as fine art prints by Rosenstiels
publishers, and The Art Group and she has work in private collections in Canada, the US and Europe.
“My recent work has taken inspiration from the ocean, nature and the natural world. I seek to make images that have a feeling of light and space, the landscape and the sea, without being a literal representation. I hope to convey the openness and feel of space, depth and water.
An imaginary floating world is created with hidden spaces, things half shown and suggested. Like
Rorschach inkblots, the viewer is invited to find and interpret their own symbols in the ambiguous visual field. Clouds, reflections, elements of landscape and the coast have all been observed. I like to think of them as “visual poems”. This sensual world is one to be absorbed, felt, and enjoyed.”

an exhibition at Cornwall Contemporary of abstract paintings and porcelain sculpture

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Cornwall Contemporary
1 Parade Street
Queens Square
TR18 4BU

Telephone: 01736 874749

opening times:
Monday - Saturday  10 - 5

Gallery Director:
Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge

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