And So?

We decided to use the title ‘Responses’ as we both feel that the way an artwork becomes meaningful involves an interaction between the intention of the artist (however loose or unfocused) and the interpretation of the viewer. There is no single response to either the stimulus for the original work or the way the viewer reacts to the artwork. This play of interpretation is wonderful and sometimes amazing.

A young woman visiting our exhibition at Lyme Regis last year was delighted with the ‘messy’ hair of the figure ‘And So?’. She was known to have ‘messy’ hair by her friends, rather than the long straight locks she wanted. (Her hair was thick, dark and curly – fantastic!) Seeing this figure validated her own identity and she later said this gave her the courage to start a new phase of her life. What an extraordinary response!

On another occasion, a visitor to my studio during Devon Open Studios told me that seeing my work had ‘fed my soul’. Humbling.