This was the exhibition of work by the first cohort of MA Creative Practice students from Leeds College of Art . Judging from talking to some , the written statements and a video on the LCA website it seems more interesting than was my MA years ago . It is being held in Holy Trinity Church , Boar Lane , Leeds LS1 6HW until this Friday 13 .
Jon Vogler is a retired engineer and came to my classes on Islamic Art some years ago . His garden is full of sculptures – this year I must see it when he has an open day again .
Hilary Readman I met when we both came to Leeds first in the early 80s . At that time she was interested more in time-based work and later taught video for 20-odd years . This new work is a shock but we are all older and have different preoccupations – not just different amounts of daring ! There was an audio track accompanying this but it wasn’t playing during the day . I should also say that the figures were actually lying down as arranged for the exhibition .
Carol Sorhaindo’s work was complex . Using 2 sites of ‘industrial’ decay – a slave worked sugar mill in Dominica and a flax mill in Leeds she has developed natural dyes from the plants taking over each site and then printed on top of the subdued colours in more clear inks . Some of the printing was of eg account book pages and some used plant leaves again but as printing stamps .
Letty McHugh’s work derives from her interest in and identification with sewing women in her family tree and more widely . Her written account speaks of inheriting her great grandmother’s treadle sewing machine and her research spreading to 130 women .
Those 4 were far and away my favourite artists in the exhibition – I have written this in a rush in the hope that someone will be interested enough to visit before it closes ! Hilary doesn’t yet have a website but is on Facebook , the other three do but I haven’t the time to set up the links correctly – all of them are under their names anyway .