Taylor-Jensen Fine Arts showcases the work of Palmerston North-based mixed-media artist and printmaker Beth Charles who is showing her new work in conjunction with photographs by her son Robert Charles. The photographs taken one morning at dawn on Himatangi Beach by Robert Charles have been ‘selectively interpreted’ by Beth Charles to produce 16 unique ‘photo-graphical’ artworks utilising collage and stitchery. An additional five photographs by Robert captures the natural, rugged beauty of the Manawatu’s west coast; this well-known local beach is enjoyed by thousands of swimmers, anglers and families every year. It is a spiritual place which is significant to both artists. Beth Charles moved to the Manawatu from the United Kingdom in 1982 with her husband John, Associate University Librarian at Massey University. Their son Robert was born and grew up here. Head for the Coast will open at 5pm on Friday, 11th March with a reception at the gallery to honour the artists. The public is warmly invited to view the exhibition and to meet and converse with Beth and Robert. Head for the Coast will continue through 5th April.
Beth Charles has a degree in Fine Arts, majoring in printmaking. She has exhibited nationally and internationally; she is currently participating in a print exhibition in Cologne, Germany. Beth writes: “I have been a resident artist in Amsterdam and have work in corporate and private collections both in New Zealand and overseas. Several of my designs have been made into hand woven artist rugs by Dilana Rugs of Christchurch, NZ. My work for this exhibition takes some of Robert’s photographs and adds a personal twist using collage and stitch to suggest the overlay of the man-made world on to the natural one.”
Robert Charles shares the following: “I am currently a newspaper photographer in Taranaki and have been working in the media industry for nine years. My day-to-day work involves taking photos of people and ‘focal points’, so I found shooting these scenes without those elements challenging. Having said that, I enjoyed looking at something for what it is, with no need to overcomplicate it, and allowing our beautiful Himatangi Beach to be seen at its simple best.”
An additional feature of the exhibition is the display of two ‘dye-injected’ carpets designed by Beth Charles for Dilana Rugs. These carpet runners are based on the collage/stitch techniques that Beth incorporates in her works on paper.
Head for the Coast features 16 collage/stitch works by Beth Charles on photographs by Robert Charles and 5 photographs shot by Robert on a Canon EOS-1D X camera. The works are all mounted on card, unframed. Conservation framing is available through the gallery.
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