New works featuring a series of seven inspirational paintings by Bobby Boud, inspired by the relentless inbound and outbound journey of the tide
Bobby Boud uses the medium of oil on canvas to encapsulate the place where the sea meets the land, one of constant change and visual magic. TIDE is about a landscape at your feet, small forms which at first glance seem insignificant, intimate, and often unnoticed. These observations through abstraction and conflation of scale, have become the focus of this series of works. As with the tide, the paintings come and go often beginning with a riot of colour and paint which is moved removed and replaced on the journey. The works are named after craters on the moon, the controller of the tide.
Bobby Boud has a BA (hons) in Fine Art and a diploma in printmaking. Her work is a mixture of observed visual facts, memory, imagination and composition. Exploring a subject through works in series enables variations and intimate details to expand over time.
My work is inspired by music, dance, reading and my latest work shown here is from observing my garden. I am interested in the negative space and the shapes made by that space . The quote by Mondrian – “ empty space has no other function than to make life possible ” is what made me want to look at that “ empty” space. I am not sure “ negative” or “empty” are the right words – I agree they make life possible but I think the Japanese concept of Ma is morecomprehensive when describing the space. It can be a physical as well as psychology space . It is a small word but has a huge meaning in all aspects of life.
I am an artist whose medium is textiles. I use my textiles like a painter uses paint . I think of velvet as my oil paint, silk as watercolour and cotton as acrylic. My work is made from big, bold and colourful Ma shapes which I stitch to a fabric and then stretch onto a canvas, like a painting.
I think Ma is a fascinating subject and because it applies to so many aspects of life I am excited to explore it more within my work. I am looking forward to exploring the silence between the sounds for my next project.
Rebecca Angel studied fashion and textiles at the University of Brighton in the 1990s, and has been working in the fashion and textile industry ever since. In her art, Rebecca acknowledges the wasteful processes of the fashion industry and the fact that she, as a textile designer, is complicit. For this reason, Rebecca eschews virgin paper, trying instead to repurpose the materials and surfaces that are both source and byproduct of her own textile design work.
In recent years, Rebecca has begun to diversify her practice, engaging with new opportunities to develop her own multi-disciplinary approach to art. She is based in the Red Herring Cooperative in Portslade.
“When the pandemic slowed the industry and paused the constant turnover of designing, I took time to create art works for their own sake. I felt I was allowed an opportunity to experiment visually without commercial influence or customer direction so I used what I had available in the studio to build pieces using collaged colour: old portfolio mounts, leftover paint, backs of drawings.”
From a distance, her colour-based art suggests clarity and pureness of form; a closer look reveals subtle memories hidden in rough edges and layers of paint. Rebecca finds that collage offers her structural opportunities where the process is as important and significant as the end result, which can sometimes be re-translated yet again into a new and original textile.