We are delighted to extend an invitation to the Tintern Grammar community to join us in supporting alumna and Visual Arts and Design teacher Jo Amiet (YG 1986) who has an exhibition at the Cambridge Studio Gallery in Collingwood from Wednesday 15 August until Sunday 2 September. Further details are shared on the invite below and beneath the invite is more information about Jo’s exhibit.
Earlier this year the Visual Art & Design teachers and staff hosted an art show in the gallery space to share their own work with the School community. As practising artists they each set a fabulous example for our aspiring art students to follow their passion.
Jo Amiet – ‘Glimpses of the moon’ : a collection of mixed media artworks
Many years ago my grandmother gave me a water colour painting. When I took it out of its weary frame recently, on the back was a newspaper advertisement for a 1923 silent film showing at the Rialto in Kew called ..‘The Glimpses of the Moon’
For me the moon has always served as a touchstone, a comforting reminder of the big picture, the endless cycle of the universe and how important it is to look out and around this beautiful planet. Glimpsing it provokes thought as well as perspective. It reassures me that life is a magical and precious gift.
The moon is a loyal companion.
It never leaves, knowing us in our light and dark moments.
Changing forever just as we do.
Every day it’s a different version of itself.
Sometimes weak and wane, sometimes strong and full of light.
The moon understands what it means to be human.
Cratered by imperfections.
- Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me
Within the mixed media pieces and oil paintings, I reference the Earth’s surface, the solar system as well as the female nature and symbolism of the moon. The text amongst the work is a constant, triggering us to draw on personal experiences.
Through the use of found and recycled materials, I find solace in the manipulation of liquid and solid, colour, texture, line and shape; as well as satisfaction in creating balance between the security of the predictable shape and pattern with the wild, random freedom of the of the connecting lines.
The challenge for me is in the unification of the known and the unknown, the abstract and the image, the positive and the negative and the holding on and the letting go.
The waxing and the waning of the moon..
The square and the circle of the Mandala..
The intelligence of the mind and the intuition of the soul..