Have any of you ever wondered what an artists studio looked like? Would there be paint pots, brushes, canvases and sketches covering the floor and walls. Splashes of paint on the walls and half completed paintings sitting on easels. Well we have, and were lucky enough to be invited – by our favourite London based Korean artist Francesca Cho! It being an Open Studio at the time, we were unable to see the studios in their full work mode glory. However we did manage to see all the paintings, sketches, photographs, instalments and sculptures displayed in rather neat studios.
Unfortunately this years Open Studio is now over. But don’t worry, this is an annual event so will be back on this time next year! To keep updated about future exhibitions, like the studios page on Facebook here.
You may remember our previous article on Francesca Cho’s exhibition A Pair of Fragile Glasses where we gave you a brief history about her and a description and explanation of some painting and the methods she uses in her pieces. To no surprise, we found some more ash based paintings and rose petals; this is slowly becoming her trademark in our eyes.
This time Francesca has added two full sized mirrors on either side of her installation, a row of ash with fallen rose petals and changed the background painting. The mirrors enhance the visual display and the painting completely changes the feel of the installation.
This painting is fairly dark and mysterious at first glance which fits in with her concept of“Deep sorrow is ultimately peace and deep misery is ultimately joy.”. The dark oddly shaped circles at the top are painted over rose petals. Completely embedded into this dark painting the petals still show their beauty and are only strengthened by the paint encasing them. Could Francesca be trying to tell us that we (as people) start out fragile, but through the lives we lead and the hardships we all face we only become stronger and more beautiful.
Lip service, a phrase we all know too well. We have all known those people who say something without realising the effect their words can have on people. Francesca painted a beautiful pair of lips here, then practically covered it with ash representing all the pain these people inflict with their words. A very simple yet powerful piece.
A quick look at some other artists at Palace Wharf.
I’ll rise to you, as the dew rises, who walked between the violet and the violet.
Hiroko used handmade paper for this piece (left). She shaped the sheets before dying them different colours and arranging them into this display. As She Flies (right) created with the lithography method using plywood.