Ann Kelcey, AA2A artist.

April 4, 2016 by Pamela Fletcher   Comments (0)

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Ann is a ceramics artist with an AA2A placement at the University of Wolverhampton and as AA2A artist representative’s Rebecca Collins and I were keen to introduce ourselves and find out a little about Ann’s practice. We met Ann in her studio space where she is currently experimenting with printing techniques onto clay.  She fuses her practice with her passionate interest in history.  Her work with an archaeological site in Szazhalombatta, a Bronze Age tell settlement, over the past four years has informed her current project.  This involves printing on to clay motifs influenced by Bronze Age mark making.  To progress this project Ann has taken full advantage of the facilities that the placement enables access to, for example screen printing as well as the help and advice that technicians are on hand to provide.

Rebecca Woodcock in her studio. (AA2A artist at Wolverhampton University)

January 31, 2016 by Pamela Fletcher   Comments (0)

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Rebecca Woodcock is one of four AA2A artists at Wolverhampton University and we (Rebecca Collins and I) went to see her at work in her studio to talk to her about her art practice.

Rebecca told us that she is finding the scheme a positive influence on her work as she enjoys working amongst other creative people.  She also says she feels privileged to have access to such a comprehensive array of facilities particularly as her practice spans a variety of different mediums. She describes her art as ‘idiosyncratic’. She is clearly not afraid to try anything. Her prolific practice takes advantage of whatever materials are available to her including paint, textiles and ceramics however a constant thread that runs through her work is her inexhaustible drawing which she uses to record her constant flow of ideas and thoughts.

Rebecca sites amongst her many influences, Abstract Expressionism, Gainsborough, Henry Moore and Paula Rego, but she also said that she finds inspiration in ‘everything’. She is currently working on a project inspired by her experiences whilst camping in Pembrokeshire.  The project is called ‘Pembrokeshire Promise’ and we found her in her studio working on the fourth sculpture in the project. Each sculpture is inspired by each of the passing seasons and local traditions and are all infused with her passionate interaction with her environment. Rebecca is an artist who truly lives for their art.

Rebecca Woodcock in her studio.

Rebecca is planning on giving a lecture about her work to students at the university and will also run a workshop.