We are delighted to share the second piece of writing from our writer in residence. Rebecca has captured the essence of our first exhibition of 2018, Passion Vision and Spirit, perfectly.
Please take time to read her words and enjoy Norman Gilbert's work.
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Passion, Vision and Spirit: Norman Gilbert
January – 17th February 2018
exhibition really fizzes with energy, and has understandably attracted lots of
positive attention. Inspired by that
energy, I wanted to respond quite quickly and intuitively to what I saw. There was a particular
I wanted to capture while I felt it, when you first walk
through the door and when you see each work up close. For that reason, my poem
could be a work-in-progress – but I wanted to
share it at this stage, to demonstrate the process as it takes place.
paintings have such an immediate impact – in their scale, uses of colour and
pattern – and I wanted to acknowledge that in my response. In this poem, I’m literally asking myself
‘what is it about these paintings that produces such a powerful effect?’ What can you put into words and what is (rightly)
beyond articulation? I’m playing with
pattern and repetition throughout, something to convey both the gentleness and
intricacy of the paintings. I was also moved
by the fact that this exhibition shows examples of a living artist’s work from decades
apart (1956 to 2016), which feels like a rare privilege to see.
Patterns of intimacy
after Norman Gilbert
What is it that draws the eye?
The falling line
or an almond of blue?
and a wine
on hip, hand
a clutch of
That string of
berries at her wrist,
his bare feet
and an instinct
that cause all else
downcast. Stillness lives here –
of love and landscape.
to what has waited;
of course –
as vessels for