THE centrepiece of Potent Space, Jen Mick’s exhibition at the Cupola Gallery, is a 2 x 2.5 metre panel made up of 418 mini square paintings joined together by ribbon.
The large hanging, In Darkness Riches, reads like a simple colour pallette graduating very subtly from a light to mid ochre through a deep burnt umber to a rich ultramarine blue and vivid violet. However, on closer inspection there is a glossy web of lines running throughout the piece which seem to shimmer and fade across the surface of the work.
Alongside this major piece are two large felt hangings, sculptural circular wall pieces and a number of richly coloured textile pieces on canvas, some framed and under glass, which feature embroidery, painting and quilting techniques. To complement the colour theme running through the work is an interactive piece entitled Colour DNA. This comprises around 250 small square boxes made from old magazines in myriad colours that are strewn across the front windowsill of the gallery with a bold invitation attached which reads: ‘Please touch – have a play! Arrange the boxes however you like...make your own colour finger print.”
A DVD of this ‘playing’ is running on a nearby screen to give ideas and confidence to those who might be nervous or hesitant about giving it a go.
According to the artist, who recently moved to Sheffield from Texas, the whole exhibition is trying to offer a visual representation to the idea that ‘everything is singing’. And therefore it is not surprising that poetry as well as colour, which connects at an emotive level, is also an important part of the exhibition.
Potent Space runs at the Cupola, Middlewood Road, Hillsborough, until March 10.