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5614485Julie Ann Sheridan: Symbiosis
DateSaturday 20th January 2018
DescriptionJulie Ann Sheridan: Symbiosis Large, site-responsive paintings exploring lichen Oriel Yr Ardd, National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire, Wales 20th Jan - 20th March 10am - 4.30pm daily (free throughout January. Mothers Day and St David's Day) 01558 667149 Brief Synopsis Julie Ann Sheridan Symbiosis (Lichen, small but critical) Julie Ann Sheridan, painter from Llangadog, Carmarthenshire, stages a solo exhibition at Oriel Yr Ardd. Using lichen as a subject she draws on the anatomy and colour of these tiny natural forms which are further enlarged and abstracted to highlight their significance. Simple and elegant, the images are entangled with questions about our delicate, symbiotic world. Detailed Synopsis Julie Ann Sheridan Symbiosis (Lichen, small but critical) Julie Ann Sheridan, a painter from Llangadog, Carmarthenshire, stages a solo exhibition of site-specific work about lichen at Oriel Yr Ardd, National Botanic Gardens, Wales. Graduating from Bradford College of Art in 1992 and taking up practice as an abstract painter, she spent time in the USA, India and London where, as part of a four-year residency at The Tricycle, she began to focus on the 'minute and the massive'. One exhibition used microscopic forms of dust from the rooms in the building, another used vast satellite images of the world. "I wanted to make those things difficult to see visible." In 2005 she moved her studio to Carmarthenshire and opened The Last Gallery in Llangadog where she settled into painting and curating shows. Her work has continued to focus on the minute and the massive, drawing on both the geological features around her and the minute forms of moss, fungi and lichen. Forming contacts with the National Botanic Garden and their resident lichenologists she began to develop the work in the current exhibition. The programme of lichen transplantation and protection of critically endangered lichen at the garden inspired these large acrylic abstracts. "I wanted to raise the profile of these small but critical organisms, put them on canvas to highlight their environmental importance as well as their beauty". Lichen are not plants, they are composite organisms that are algae or cynobacteria living symbiotically with fungi. By cohabiting with the fungus, the algae can live in many different environments and extend its range significantly. They are essential carbon dioxide converters an
Time(s)Jan 20, 1pm-3pm
LocationGarden of Wales (The National Botanic Garden of Wales)
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