March 20, 2011 Leave a comment
Once you walked in the door, you couldn’t miss it.
This may have been ALISN’s largest exhibited work yet.
Taking up a great deal of space, Bella Easton’s “Dog Kennel Hill” seemed a magical portal to the unknown.
What was interesting about the main piece featured in ALISN’s latest exhibition was it could not be pinned down. Engaging and vocal, the work invited the audience to interpret the message that was being conveyed from multiple perspectives.
Dog Kennel Hill
The installation inspired a great deal of conversation.
Having what could be seen as Matisse-like influences, a closer look revealed a montage of tiny pieces of dark paper, hand-coloured to produce an almost stained glass window effect.
At times, the colours met together in a corner of the piece to produce strange, dark faces peering back; and at other times, a city of lights, shimmering water or talking mouths.
Easton’s piece was tactile, and the crowd could not help but climb inside of it’s house-like structure.
There was a spiritual nature to the work, acting as the safety and shelter of a church.
The lighting only added to the feeling of warmth and worship, reflecting the various colours.
A connection with nature
Yet, Dog Kennel Hill still suggests a connection with nature, as the separated pieces do not keep those within the
roofed side of the work completely indoors. This is enhanced by the feeling of shimmering sunlight on the walled piece.
The strength of Easton’s work is that it gathers together different techniques and images that in essence, produce a solid effect, a solid structure. And Easton seems to have done this in such a way that the final outcome appears serendipitous rather than intensional.
One is seduced into giving much thought to the piece, long after walking away from it.
Easton’s work, ultimately, does what great art is meant to do: challenge the artist’s range of capability and engender a variety of perspectives and discussion.
If Dog Kennel Hill is any indication of Easton’s talent and ability, audiences should expect other great works from her in the future.
For more information about the artist and her work, go to www.bellaeaston.co.uk