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Patricia Paolozzi Cain | A Gateway to the Internal Mind

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Patricia Paolozzi Cain | A Gateway to the Internal Mind

 

We are delighted to present new work by multi-award-winning artist Patricia Paolozzi Cain. Based in rural Dumfries and Galloway, Patricia Paolozzi Cain's often large-scale works of art form an active and shaping force that exists between the artist and her physical environment. Tangled tree branches, dense hedgerows, a fusion of fallen leaves, sedges and thickets are the preamble to Paolozzi Cain's abstracted compositions. Getting lost in nature's cosmos is for Paolozzi Cain a means to look inward, to introspect. In her own words, she says, "I focus on nature as a gateway to the internal mind." Using a process of intense scrutiny, where she transposes and edits what she sees before her, Paolozzi Cain turns observations into a rich, meditative language that is as much rooted in place as it is in consciousness.

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Making & Doing | Fiona MacRae Interview

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Making & Doing | Fiona MacRae Interview

If you follow Broth, it won't surprise you that one of my favourite things to do is visit artists at their studio. Call me a nosy parker but stepping into an artists workspace is for me like entering Ali Baba's cave- you never know what riches you're going to find. Fiona MacRae's studio in rural Argyll is one such place that never disappoints. Tucked away up a meandering track in mossy woodland, Fiona's studio is a treasure trove of spectacles.Having beachcombed her entire life, Fiona MacRae's studio is a shrine to both natural and man-made forms scavanged from the shoreline. There are whalebones, coloured sea glass, mermaid purses, driftwood and calcified sea creatures, but also a confetti of plastic odds and ends, corroded rubber and knarled bits of oxidised metal. Wherever you look, there's something to marvel at.

Over the years, it has become abundantly clear that beachcombing is an important part of MacRae's practice. It works its way- albeit surreptitiously- into her paintings by means of colour, texture and form, and is used directly in her assemblage artwork. For this reason, I was curious to learn more about her love of beachcombing, how it informs her art-making and where it all started.

Read on to discover more about Fiona MacRae and her delightful art.

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Kathy McCarthy's Sculpture

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Kathy McCarthy's Sculpture

 

Kathy McCarthy makes sculptures in a variety of materials including clay, jesmonite, fiberglass and wood. She says, “The physicality of materials and making objects has increasingly yet slowly grown more important to me. Whether it is clay with its malleable and slippery texture or fibreglass with its strength and rigid texture, I struggle, tear apart, stick and rebuild to invent a place where only these materials can belong.” 

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A Paper Tundra | New Collage by Sara Breinlinger

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A Paper Tundra | New Collage by Sara Breinlinger

 

We are delighted to present new work by London-based painter and collage-maker, Sara Breinlinger. Moving away from her more representational practice, Sara explores the world of abstraction through the means of collage. Sara studied fine art at Middlesex Polytechnic but then went on to pursue a career as a psychotherapist. For the past twenty years, she has been sharing her time as both a psychotherapist and as a practicing artist, and so it’s no surprise that her artwork draws on the human condition.

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Getting to know Irish artist Laura McMorrow

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This June, we caught up with Laura McMorrow a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Leitrim, Ireland. Working across painting, collage, film and sculpture, Laura makes work that draws on nature. She has a Masters in Fine Art from the University of Ulster in Belfast, and in 2017 was awarded the Burren College of Art 'Emerging Irish Residency Award.'

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