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Wednesday, 14 April 2010

SHOWSHOWSHOW invite and press release

An erratic mess of desperate embroidery pulls you into Louise Rileys intense and compelling compostitions, built up by layers of fleshy colours and soft textures.
Drawing back the figurative element of her work becomes apparent to reveal surreal narratives with dream-like qualities, subjects caught in waking and slumber, or somwehere in betweenthe two; when waking carries with it the symbolism of that nights adventure.
Bodies sprawl over old matresses which are the canvas for her skin-puncturing needle strokes. Her threads corse through these tattered and patterned backdrops, reminiscent of a retro domesticity.
Louise's body of 3Dwork is extensive, but her hand writing and media mainly work within the practices of hand and craft work. Her stiching is like the messy brush-strokes of an impressionist painter, mixing colours and directions to create a confused yet realistic palette.
Contrasting her chosen materials which generally lean towards the familiar and domestic, Louise's concept practice is deeply scientific, but it is the science of nature to which she obsesses; molecules, chemicals and reproductive systems.
These themes resonate through oursleves and through her work to a point of normality, as they are present, we may barely notice them at all, because it is the naturalism and emotion of her work that is apparent. So the contrast becomes a partnership with the familiar.
This gives a depth and organic movement to her work and the characters she portrays.
The melancholy undertone to her work, partnered with her romantic and decorative sensibility results in some of the most unique and breathtaking art you will ever see.
Not to be misssed!

Show curated by Alex Noble a very multi-talented man: Blog

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Joetta Maue interviewed me for the Mr X Stitch blog, have a read here:
Have a look at her blog too it has some BEautiful work on it:

Thursday, 1 April 2010


Do you remember when I got that commission to do a portrait of Bob Marley? Well in my usual spirit I was sewing until about 5mins before I left to catch the plane to deliver it to Virginia and never got any good photographs. I just received this the other day from the lady it was for. She was crazy about him and even had a mural painted along her basement wall that had two scuba-diving Bobs swimming in an underwater scene! I did a bit of research on him as I was a bit Bob'd out, if I heard Buffalo Soldier again I would have stuck pins in my eyes, but I watched some films on youtube of him performing and it was electric, with his hair swinging about like wild snakes.