UZ Arts invites you to the Private View of Artists at Sura Medura 2019 - their International artist residency in Sri Lanka.
Exhibition Preview: Monday 1st July, 5.30-7.30pm
Exhibition Continues: 2nd - 30th July, Mon-Fri, 9-5
Maria McCavana, Pippa Taylor and Sue Hill come from different artistic practice but all worked with drawing and painting in their response to Sri Lanka, its people and its culture.
"I was born in Northern Ireland and studied Drawing and Painting at Glasgow School of Art. After completing the Master of Fine Arts Course I spent 3 months at Hunter College, New York. Since studying I have worked and exhibited in Europe and Sri Lanka. I was artist in residence in the Faroe Islands and at the Chandrasevana Centre in Sri Lanka, returning to Sri Lanka in 2012 and 2018 to be Artist in Residence at Sura Medura Arts Centre, exhibiting in the Colombo Art Biennale (CAB).
My professional practice lies in the relationship between the public and the artist, combining work with the public and that of my artistic practice, to create imagery, objects and installation. Exploring the manipulation of those images and objects, through scale, colour and presentation in the gallery and the landscape.
The drawings in the exhibition represent the carefully hand made natural objects made by women in Sri Lanka for use in fishing, cooking and growing. My response to each drawing is to reflect the time, care and craftsmanship that goes into the creation of each object from it’s point of source which lies in nature."
"Trees have always been an important part of my life, I was a wood carver for 25 years, and in the past few years I have loved drawing trees particularly as my awareness of their importance for our life and well being has increased over time.
In Sri Lanka I started to draw and even plant mangroves, I was particularly interested in the mesh of protective roots and iconic seeds so I explored ways to celebrate these this.
On my return I have started to combine this theme alongside painting techniques I have learned from work I have done previously creating traditional gypsy vardo wagons. I used the drawings with gold leaf and baroque influenced scroll work techniques to depict the movement and energy of the sea. The combination of the mangroves and sea work allow me to hang them together in this exhibition."
"I am a maker, performer, storyteller, designer and director. I have walked much of this path alongside my partner Bill Mitchell. With Kneehigh and WildWorks we developed landscape theatre, gathered stories from communities and found ways of telling them intimately and at scale. We lived, worked and played together for almost forty years.
Bill died on Good Friday 2017, taken by cancer at the peak of his powers.
The residency in Sri Lanka gave me precious space and distance to reflect on this magical process of healing, and witness it in a community that has had more than its share of grief. I met survivors of the Tsunami and invited them to share their stories, particularly the moments when they felt life returning. I painted these images on to two hulls left over from the project to rebuild the fishing fleet after the Tsunami. The finale was a voyage around the lagoon, with the people who had shared their stories, on board our painted catamaran. Another moment of pure happiness…"
About Sura Medura
Sura Medura is an International Artist Residency centre in Hikkaduwa, South West Sri Lanka. It was established in 2011 and offers funded and self funded opportunities for artists in all disciplines from Europe and beyond
It continues the artistic programme of the Chandrasevana Centre that was established by the Hikkaduwa Area Relief Fund in 2005
Artists from all disciplines are invited to submit proposals to create work that is enhanced by being developed in Sri Lanka. The Sura Medura programme has a particular but not exclusive interest in collaboration between artists and between artists and the community. Selected artists are offered mentorship and opportunities to meet with their peers in the Sri Lankan arts community. There are also opportunities to present the resulting work in the UK and further afield. Sue Hill Pippa Taylor and Maria McCavana were in residence at Sura Medura for 6 weeks in February 2019.