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Exhibition by award winning Lancaster based artist at Penrith and Eden Musuem

Inheritance: A Closer Look at Some Collected Things, Sarah Jane Bellwood
Blackbird Singing, Sarah Jane Bellwood

Penrith and Eden Museum are proud to present an exhibition by award winning Lancaster based artist Sarah Jane Bellwood. One of the earliest influences to Sarah’s work is the Lake District artist and children’s author Beatrix Potter. Potters botanical and entomological illustrations influenced her choice of intricate observational drawings.

In Sarah’s own words

“My work is predominantly about life and death through my obsession with objects and light. The arrangement of objects, when I am happy with its composition, is painted from life over a period of weeks. The light changes daily and the reflections and shadows merge, grow, recede and flicker. The excitement of painting comes from the new arrangement of light collected in the bowl of a spoon, or resting on the edge of a knife.

“The finished painting is not like a photograph of a moment, but the capturing of the moving and changing light over weeks. Life cycles, food chains and their relationship with humans form the concepts underpinning this fascination. The people who created the hedgerows and landscapes that form homes for these creatures equally fascinate. I am constantly struck by the sculptural aspects of hedgerows, the way they are tended, cut and their yearly cycle of regrowth homing their inhabitants.

“The cutlery I collect has been equally shaped and formed with edges scraped and worn away through constant use and handling. The user now dead, the ghost of his or her existence present in their unique wear and tear of the cutlery that they once owned. Entropy degrades the elements within the metals and everything ultimately returns to the earth.”

The exhibition runs until 30th June, admission to the museum is free. Opening hours 10am-5pm.

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