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Painting Personal Projects: Idoia Acha & Sheila Whitaker - 3D virtual exhibition by The Essential School of Painting

Painting Personal Projects: Idoia Acha & Sheila Whitaker

Tue, 09/07/2021 to Mon, 02/07/2022

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IDOIA ACHA MA RCA 2017
In my work I intend to give shape and form to the ephemeral nature of human experience. My work in moving image and sound explores the nature of motion and change through experimentation. Through paintings I explore the space between the figurative and the abstract, beginnings and endings. I investigate the blurring of edges, our experience as a flow of events or fragments of life – life as a dream. Desire is frustrated in the quest to fix impermanence and discomfort arises in the space in between. And yet, and yet..

So you should view this fleeting world
A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream.
A flash of lightning in a summer cloud,
A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.
–– excerpt from the Diamond Sutra, an early Mahayana Buddhist text.

www.idoiaacha.com

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SHEILA WHITAKER
I am aware of the countless small-scale arrangements of objects in a home which have personal and aesthetic significance and find starting points for my still life paintings in these things in my own environment. Arranging the fruit or other objects carefully on the fabric or other surface is a small creative act in itself. I enjoy the idea that placing the fruit disrupts the regularity of the pattern on the fabric. I observe the shape, space, colour and fall of light and shadow across the fabric and fruit forms, and re-arrange again in the process of painting, placing descriptive marks and flatter pieces of paint together.

PAINTING PERSONAL PROJECTS taught by Dan Coombs and Sikelela Owen is a year long programme one day week, some of which was on Zoom this year during lockdown. The course involves shared projects to begin with leading to developing an individual body of work whilst receiving guidance and mentoring in a supportive community of artists. All our tutors are practising and exhibiting artists who are working on their own projects and are there to help each student clarify and develop their short and long term goals. Limited to twelve places only as are all our courses, the tutors have time to help each person progress in the distinctive ways they need to as individuals. For the new academic year from October 2021 this course will be taught by Sikelela Owen and Archie Franks

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