Community Review- Unseen/Unsung at the DNweekeND

21 Sep 2015 by Mick Pettinger

Unseen Unsung @ The Church View

I’d never been to Church View before and I did struggle to find it. Eventually I was asked “Are you looking for art?” by a bearded man behind a large gate and realized I was at the right place.

Entering the gallery I was met by a couple of friendly faces, Sarah Villeneau, greeting me warmly to the event and also Jim Lockey who was floating around capturing footage of the event.

The first piece that stood out to me was a painting by Jayne Cooper and it looked to me like an angry “Del Boy” from the TV sitcom “Only Fools & Horses”.

The paintings were all done by Jayne Cooper and that the people she had drawn were mostly (apart from Del Boy and a beautiful piece of a woman’s bust/head) people that would have gone unnoticed in the Doncaster market area.Jayne explained;

Jayne; “I kind of went undercover with my camera and took lots of photos of people around the market area then worked from those photos.”

I have to admit I was very impressed with Jayne’s work. There were some really beautiful pieces.

Jayne also explained that she’d recycled a lot of parts from the demolition of the old Doncaster market, eg. Corrugated roofing used as a frame and the bottom of a veg basket within one of the paintings.

Sarah Villeneau talked about her pieces which were mainly abstract ceramics and (as she described them) more “meaty” and “organic” looking pieces.

Sarah had explained that she had to use a variety of techniques which included somehow getting the inside shaping of broccoli for the more detailed internal parts of some of the ceramic pieces.

There were also some egg box mouldings dotted around and when I asked Sarah about these she explained;

Sarah; said: “I like to work almost intuitively and I found myself noticing the patterns and shadows of the egg boxes that seem to go unnoticed but yet they are almost perfect in a way. It’s the same with the more organic pieces. I was looking at the patterns of nature and our insides which are quite imperfect in a way yet function perfectly and when you take the time to look, can be quite beautiful. Also it’s like we have a different perception of ourselves, we neglect to think of our insides and we’re almost in denial about our physicality and our mortality.”“The corrugated pieces represent the decay of the old Doncaster market and I suppose the decay in society.” 

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